The show was slammin, it was like going to FUNK church ("Naked FUNK if you will) ….with "Slick Rick" as the preacher !!..Read on…..
1. Standing On the Top - Rick gave all props to the Temptations as he introduced the song and told the crowd about writing the song for them.
2. Dance Wit Me - then Rick tore in to this and the crowd started going wild…
3. You & I - everybody started screaming and singing along
4. Ebony Eyes - Rick slowed things down and told the story of how after writing the song he knew that he couldn't really do it justice. So he recruited the ONLY person he thought could (Smokey) to sing it with him as a duet. He brings a young man out named Ron Johnson out to sing the Smokey parts. ALL the females in the audience swoon as Rick sings:
"Girl in my eyes think it's time that I told you....DON"T YOU REALIZE.....that your such a QUEEN....your such a PRIZE & I want you to know that...I love you...& I'll bet you didn't know that...."
This boy can still sing his azz off !!
5. Bustin Out - "FIRE UP THIS FUNK AND LETS HAVE A TOKE…"….Once again the crowd rises to it's feet as Rick is now in complete control, dancing round the stage, flirting with females, he knows how to work the crowd….."WE BUSTIN OUT ON SOME SERIOUS FUNK…"
6. Cold Blooded - Starting off slowly, Rick wiggles and shakes his butt and everyone knows the words… Rick announces that he is taking a break & will leave us in some VERY capable hands…
7. Night In Tunisa - …Yo Yo the former lead singer of the Mary Jane Girls comes out as the Stone City Band goes into a "jazz mode"……but not for long…
8. All Night Long - ….."Yo Yo" seduces every man in the audience (including yours truly) with her sultry voice and the "slo FUNK" of the band, this is some badd ass shit !!
9. In My House - "Yo Yo" informs us just prior to the song about how many records the Mary Jane Girls sold, in the 80's and just how much they are sampled now.......then she starts the crowd a rockin ...
10. Deja Vous - The band plays the song and Rick strolls back out on stage as he describes the time he spent in jail & how much he has changed his life. "Ive been here before….", he says and the crowd roars. Rick seems more like a friend, than anything else……
11. Fire & Desire - Rick does the spoken word intro "I think about the way I used to act….."
& then…"Remember when I used to …….LOVVVVVVEEEE them and Leeeave them….that's what I used to do….use and ABUSE them….."
and then he stoped DEAD in his tracks & THREW THE MICROPHONE ON THE FLOOR
12. "17" - The guitarist for the Stone City Band came out and did a NASTY Hendrix style 1 min guitar solo as an intro to the song…..the rest of the band joined in and Rick sang about 30 seconds of the song, quickly making the transition to…..
13. Mary Jane - …."I'M IN LOVE WITH MARY JANE…..", Yo Yo comes back on stage and sings the background parts………
"Mary wanna play around.....I'll let her have her fun....she's NOT the kind of girl that you can just *tie down*......she likes to spead her love and turn your HEAD around..."
Rick then throws down the microphone again and begins to simulate oral sex on "Yo Yo"….once again the ladies in the crowd go wild & Rick says "all you brotha's out there need to thank me when you get some P**SY later tonight.
14. Give It To Me Baby - Now Rick is wagging his tounge and getting freaky as he sings "Shake your body ALL over me woman…"
15. Superfreak - the encore
The Stone City Band was right on time and SMOKED for the whole show, the horn section was the shit, forget about what you may have seen on the Keenan Ivory Wayans show yall need to check out this show.
The boy is badd & he's BACK !!
This concert took place at my favorite "ghetto by the sea" in Atlantic City. Folk came out for this show as the crowd was divided into two equal parts:
· Casino patrons
· Locals from the Atlantic City/Philly area
The "locals" were out in full FUNK regalia…..in 70's/80's regalia… pimp hats, afro's, freaky hair, freaky clothes, plenty of freaky lookin chicks & dudes there to be sure !!
Folk were out there to be seen, no doubt.
People were movin & groovin to the whole set…..slow jams fast jams….it didn't matter as Rick continuously tore shit UP with each song !!
The crowd was about 90% Black and everyone was seriously into the whole thing as after the show people just stood around outside saying how great the show was and how they would pay to see him perform ANYTIME he comes back.
For me personally, I can compare this to the O(+>/Prince concer I went to last year in Philly, also at a small venue.
While "Slick Rick" can't compare with O(+>/Prince as a pure musician, this show was by FAR more emotional as the audience had a clear identification with Rick on a personal level, much more so than with O(+>/Prince.
It really did seem like he was a "friend".
The best part…..!!
Everyone was truly "groovin" on the whole damn set…….this was FAR different from that LAME P-Funk concert I saw in Atlantic City about a year ago. The people were truly into the idea & concept of FUNK as Rick kept repeating the word FUNK, FUNK FUNK FUNK FUNK FUNK FUNK
over & over again.
Rick gave props to all the various people he worked with (Temps, Stevie Wonder, Smokey, Berry Gordy, Teena, Roy Ayres, etc), even though as he said he has had his share of disagreements with several of them over the years.
I swear….if a Black person had gotten up on that stage and announced that they were running for President he/she would have gotten the vote of EVERYONE there !!
The keyword for the evening seemed to be one of "unity", not only with this brotha returning from the land of the "lost", but also with each other !!
Go & see this show if it comes to your area…..RICK IS THE SHIT !!!
Especially for you younger "Funkateers" who may never have seen a REAL Funk concert….THIS IS THE REAL DEAL !!
My apologies to Ricky Vincent for the format of this review (but I don't think he will mind too much)
Then on Monday Nov. 5, 2001 at 10 pm est... in the Soul Patrol chat room at: Soul Patrol chat room and join us as we discuss the life and times of Rick James as we listen to the LIVE CONCERT from 1981 Hosted by the producer of the CD DELUXE version of the classic album: Rick James: Street Songs!. Harry Weinger..ALL ARE WELCOME