Capitalizing on the success from their debut album, the Flatbush Zombies returned to Denver for a two-night run on April 14 and 15. 3001: A Laced odyssey debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Charts, an impressive feat seeing as this is all independent and without any major label backing.
As soon as the tour was announced, tickets began flying off the shelves and the group even accomplished the impressive stat of selling out Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece for two nights in a row. The tour opened up with DJ-duo Hell on Wheels and includes special guests Remy Banks and A$AP Twelvyy of A$AP Mob. While Twelvyy was able to make it the first night, unknown complications kept him from returning for night two in Denver.
Hell On Wheels includes the duo of DJ Wushu and Spencer Foreman, who were tasked with the job of getting the crowd pumped up. Their set included a compilation of original mixing and scratching, and consisted hip-hop mixed with dubstep drops. The crowd responded favorably and the hour-long set was a solid opener for the show–a fun-loving vibe that captured the essence of the calm before the storm that is Flatbush Zombie’s live performance.
Next up was Remy Banks and he was welcomed onto the stage to an already rambunctious crowd. After channeling Denver’s love for the east coast collective, Banks began chants of “Beast Coast” which nearly everyone in the crowd chanted back to him. Songs like “N1Go” and “rem.” received positive crowd reactions and the young emcee proved to have a surprisingly experienced stage presence. The set was rather short–clocking in at only about 30 minutes–but fans didn’t skip a beat in chanting for the headlining acts to hit the stage. In normal routine for the tour, this is where A$AP Twelvyy would have a set, but as mentioned before, he was only able to make it to the first night in Denver.
“Now the Zombies have made a small piece of history in Denver, ‘being the first hip-hop artist to ever sell out back-to-back nights at Cervantes Masterpiece.'”
As the stage was adjusted, the final fans began to stream in from outside and the sold-out venue finally started to feel like it was actually sold out. Although nearly everyone was expecting another opening act in A$AP Twelvyy, pandemonium broke loose when the loud speakers announced the names of the Flatbush Zombies. After an introduction to the tour and a very trippy visual presentation on the background screen, the Zombies came crashing out to the brash drums and cymbals of “the Odyssey,” the opening track from the album.
Fittingly so, the Zombies played nearly every song from 3001: A Laced Odyssey, but also managed to squeeze in a few fan favorites. Of course it wouldn’t be a Flatbush Zombies show without the “Smoke Break Interlude,” which Meechy Darko came prepared for with a foot-long joint and enlisted the rest of the crowd to join in on the smoking party. At this point in the concert, Cervantes was engulfed in a thick plume of smoke.
Other highlights from the set list included classic zombie songs like “222” and “Palm Trees” which the crowd went nuts for. Just in time, Meechy dropped the eerie chorus to “Fly Away” and the entire crowd began to sing along to the ballad-like tune. As chants of “Say hello to Satan…” rang through the dimly lit venue, fans mouthed every word and the vibe got even more wicked.
Everything from stage diving and walking the concert floor, to organizing the mosh pits and signing fan merchandise, the Flatbush Zombies put on one hell of a show and Denver reciprocated the love right back. The energy stayed intense for a large part of the night and the peaks had to be when the Zombies dropped their hit 2012 single “Bath Salts,” and then followed it up with their signature grunge-style tribute, playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.
Now the Zombies have made a small piece of history in Denver, “being the first hip-hop artist to ever sell out back-to-back nights at Cervantes Masterpiece” and fans can hope the Zombies will continue to throw two shows from here on out when playing in the great city of Denver.
Check out the video from night two in Denver, posted by Flatbush Zombie’s official Facebook page.