Rock the Bells successfully pulled off a second hologram performance on night two of the double-date festival in San Bernardino, CA, but not without technical glitches.
As promised, a digitally imposed Ol’ Dirty Bastard joined the Wu-Tang Clan’s headlining set to close the show, but before he touched down to perform alongside his son Young Dirty Bastard, The Wu — sans Raekwon and Ghostface Killah —had already lost their sound.
Meth tried to keep the momentum up once the music fell out. “We still tryna put on a show for you,” he said before calling out RTB founder Chang Weisberg, and threatening to leave. “Two more minutes and i’m walkin’ the fuck out, hologram or not!” The collective made it through more than a handful of records including, “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit'” as the malfunctions cleared.
Ahead of that mishap, Method Man wasn’t feeling the love from the crowd, asking: “Can we get some energy in this motherfucka?”
Thankfully, the hologram showed up just in time, giving a much needed jolt to fans, all holding open cell phones. Unlike Eazy-E the night before, ODB played to a slightly smaller crowd, and although he’s been dead for nearly a decade, the mini-set featuring “Shame on a Ni–a” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” was eerily close to his likeness.
Prior to Wu-Tang, J. Cole warmed the stage performing the likes of “Crooked Smile,” “Power Trip,” “Let Nas Down,” and more from his “Born Sinner” album, in addition to music from “Truly Yours 2” and “Cole World: The Sideline Story.” He also encountered momentary sound issues, and announced Oct. 24 as the Los Angeles date for his “What Dreams May Come” tour. “I guarantee you, it’s gone be legendary,” he promised.
Others on the RTB main stage included IAMSU, Dom Kennedy, Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Mob, and Dilated Peoples. E-40 & Too Short, Trinidad James, Rakim, KRS-One, Freeway and Juicy J were among those who held down the 36 Chambers and Guerrilla Union stages respectively.
RTB makes it’s way to San Francisco’s Shoreline Amphitheater next Saturday (Sept. 14) and Sunday (Sept. 15).