‘Tha Crossroads’ tour 20th Anniversary gets rolling because that’s how they roll when they are at the New Daisy Theatre.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON
When you are on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee you can expect a lot of people and a fun night. If you throw in a Grizzly basketball game and a concert from Bone Thugs -N- Harmony you can bet on a packed street.
The recently renovated New Daisy Theatre on Beale St. is now a Live Nation venue. You couldn’t ask for a better place to see a concert with an up-close show with conveniently located bars so you don’t miss a minute of the action. New Daisy has a helpful and courteous staff that made my experience a great one!
From the moment that Bone Thugs-N- Harmony took the stage the crowd was hyped and ready to reminisce of days gone by and we were not disappointed! With hits like “Tha Crossroads”, “1st of tha Month”, and “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” the band has kept people moving and heads bobbing for twenty-five years.
The group from Cleveland Ohio with gangsta rap mixed with harmonies was first signed by none other than Easy-E to his Ruthless Records label in 1991. They made sure to pay homage to him by rapping to “Boyz-N- Tha Hood” and giving Easy a huge shout out before also shouting out to Biggie Smalls and then Tupac.
It was hard for me to believe that even though a large amount of people in the crowd were not born, or were very young when Bones was on the charts, they were jumping and singing along like this was the new jam. This just goes to prove, a really good song never goes out of style and can even find new audiences.
The band had a meet and greet after the show for everyone who purchased VIP tickets. More and more artists are doing VIP ticket sales with a meet and greet and usually other extras such as posters, shirts, etc. With plummeting album sales due to downloading, this gives bands a way to generate some extra money, besides shirts and onsite CD sales.
Mark Jackson: www.markjacksonphotography.net