Wu-Tang Clan
Guerilla Union's ROCK THE BELLS North American festival series will kickoff July 26 in Mansfield, MA and travel to 12 additional cities across the nation. As previously announced, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas will headline and be joined by Cypress Hill*, UGK*, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, David Banner, Immortal Technique and Jedi Mind Tricks for the five week-long hip-hop extravaganza, hosted by freestyle legend Supernatural and Rahzel "The Godfather of Noyze." (*Indicates will appear on selected dates.)

"After announcing our historic shows with Rage Against The Machine & Wu-Tang Clan headlining earlier this year, we are overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of fans who want ROCK THE BELLS brought to their cities. There is no other hip hop music festival more vital to the artists, community, and fans it serves than ROCK THE BELLS," says festival organizer Chang Weisberg. "We want to build an annual event in all of these cities to serve their musical communities and prove that quality hip-hop is NOT dead. Actually, over 130,000 people have already disproved the notion and bought their tickets. By the end of the summer, over 200,000 fans will have voted that quality lyricism and deft live performances are still very much alive."

The ROCK THE BELLS tour launches in support of a huge resurgence of real hip-hop in popular culture with half of the participating artists awaiting monumental album releases: Pharoahe Monch's Desire (in stores June 26), Talib Kweli's Eardrum (in stores July 24), David Banner's The Greatest Story Ever Told, UGK's first album in over five years with the highly anticipated double disc self-titled Underground Kingz and the Wu-Tang Clan's first album release in six years, 8 Diagrams (in stores August).

The massive success of the Rage Against The Machine-headlined August 11 date in Southern California will move from the NOS Events Center to its new home 20 minutes north to the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen. The line-up will stay intact and all tickets already purchased will be honored at the event. Glen Helen is the perfect canvas for the festival with its lush grass, flush restrooms, ample parking and infrastructure, which will be transformed into a Mecca of hip-hop. Seating in the orchestra section will be removed to accommodate the general admission crowd. A "Verses" area and Guerilla Union Summit will be introduced at this show with its open forums, guest speakers, live art installations and some very special surprises.

Complete Rock The Bells Dates:

Thu 7/26 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
*Sat 7/28 New York, NY Randall's Island
*Sun 7/29 New York, NY Randall's Island
Thu 8/2 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
Fri 8/3 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 8/4 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Tue 8/7 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
Wed 8/8 Houston, TX Reliant Park
*Sat 8/11 San Bernardino, CA Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
Sun 8/12 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre (parking lot)
*Sat 8/18 San Francisco, CA McCovey Cove (parking lot)
Tue 8/21 Salt Lake City, UT TBD
Wed 8/22 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 8/25 Minneapolis, MN TBD
Sun 8/26 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
Wed 8/29 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu 8/30 Toronto, Ontario TBD

* denotes festival dates with Rage Against the Machine.
Stay tuned for further announcements regarding ROCK THE BELLS line-up additions.

[Published on: 6/18/07]

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cuttyfives Mon 6/18/2007 02:51PM
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wu, nas, talib, monch, and cypress hill...sick...that new wu album is gonna be hot!!

hhood9 Mon 6/18/2007 05:17PM
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nutstrodomus starstarstar Mon 6/18/2007 07:02PM
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why would they put david banner & ugk on the tour, Thats not staying true to real hip hop.

morgan7222 Mon 6/18/2007 07:09PM
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"artists awaiting monumental album releases:...David Banner's The Greatest Story Ever Told"

The Grateful Dead did that shit 35 years ago. The one thing David Banner needs is a left-handed monkey wrench.

O1Roggae Tue 6/19/2007 11:11AM
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Sat 8/4 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre i will be there mainly for immortal technique and wu and talib kwali

paulygparty Tue 6/19/2007 11:31AM
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R.I.P. O.D.B.

austinluv Tue 6/19/2007 03:30PM
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nutsrodamus: you obviously dont know shit about hip hop, ugk has been around twice as long as everyone else on that bill, every real artist in this genre has paid respect to these guys at one point in their career

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/20/2007 02:29PM
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BlueMountainMan Fri 6/22/2007 01:11PM
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David Banner + Yummy Bingham + Chamillionaire
August 30, 2005

It's impossible to overstate the difference between an ordinary show and an industry showcase. Ordinary shows are effective marketing tools, OK, but they're also chances for artists to come face-to-face with the people who buy their music and for music to become an all-encompassing experience instead of something you listen to while you wash dishes. At last night's Universal showcase, music never got past the level of background noise; most of the industry professionals in the audience were evidently just there for the free drinks, sometimes talking loudly enough to drown out the artists onstage. If record labels hope to introduce their artists with events like this, they're fooling themselves. They're spending thousands upon thousands of dollars so that a few hundred people can drink for free and ignore their artists. Open bars cost money, and so do fluorescent end-tables and do David Banner inflatable punching bags and seas of balloons and laser-projectors that keep the Universal logo rotating on the club wall. It's not money well-spent.

For artists thrown into schmooze-fests like this, the logical route is to go up onstage, tell everyone who you are, do a couple of songs, and then go get yourself some free drinks. That's what Chamillionaire and Yummy Bingham both did. Neither was particularly concerned with connecting with the audience. Chamillionaire one of the five or six greatest rappers on planet Earth, a Houston MC with an effortless, slippery flow, an endless supply of dorkily perfect punchlines, and a gift for sticky singsong hooks. He's a mixtape veteran and an internet favorite, but he had to tell this crowd that his name isn't pronounced "Chuh-millionaire" and he isn't 50 Cent's little brother. He did two songs and left. Nobody noticed. Yummy Bingham is a sub-Spice Girl R&B "singer" who pretty much just speaks her lyrics and sounds like a cat being tortured when she tries to do vocal runs. She did four songs and left. Nobody noticed. I don't blame either of them for getting offstage as quickly as possible.

But David Banner treated the crowd's indifference as a personal insult. During the first song of his half-hour set, he ran out into the crowd, jumped up on a table, tore his shirt off, and threw Courvosier on the crowd. Then he stopped the show to preach to the crowd, telling it that the entire music industry was based within fifteen square blocks in Manhattan but that 85% of Universal's sales last year had come from Southern and Midwestern artists, that "y'all got more responsibility to promote this music." He said that his home state was flooded and that his father had "brain cancer and lung cancer" and that we needed to make him feel more at home. On the next song, he tore down the Universal banner behind the stage, threw it on as a cape, and then charged into the crowd again. He threw up devil horns and yelled, "All you white people, put ya rock signs up! And all you black people, I know you working for somebody white because that's who runs the industry, so put ya rock signs up too or else you might get fired!" Then the DJ cued up "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and Banner chanted, "Rock! Rock! Rock!" He stared into the audience and said, "If my father die and you fuck this album up, I'ma kill y'all," and gave a low chuckle. He denounced the crowd for perpetuating rap beef: "We grown men acting on some high school shit! We in front of these white folks looking like savages!" (I'm paraphrasing all these quotes, but he was really saying this stuff.) He rode some bouncer's shoulders. He put some girl up on his shoulders. He jumped up on the bar. I'm pretty sure he told the crowd that he'd pissed in Diddy's pool. And when the crowd still gave him a weak cheer at the end of his set, he screamed, "As hard as a motherfucker work, I'd rather have y'all boo me!" And still the crowd paid no attention. Banner doesn't really rap at shows; he just sort of yells along with his CD. But he bared his soul to a room full of industry scumbags who couldn't have cared less. It made me happy and sad. I hope Banner's functional bullshit detector and fierce pride don't fuck up his career too much.

REGARDLESS, I'll Be at the show in Nyc......

cuttyfives Fri 6/22/2007 05:43PM
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nice post dude...appreciated

west10 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/19/2007 02:34PM
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yo this concert coming to houston is going to be off the hook!! NAS,UGK, august 8th Reliant Park....HOLLA!!

adubvu Fri 2/8/2008 08:27AM
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"I'm pretty sure he said he pissed in Diddy's pool"


Great post Blue Mountain Man.