On Saturday, November 14th, I attended the final stop on Insane Clown Posse‘s “The Marvelous Missing Link” tour in Poughkeepsie, New York with my wife, Linzie.
Since the show was about a two hour drive from my house, we decide to head out to Poughkeepsie around 11 am do to some sight seeing since neither of us had been there before. Once we arrived, we decided to go and grab a bite to eat. This led us to head over to the Walkway Over the Hudson River. Once we finished our sight seeing it was time to find the venue and a safe place to park.
We quickly found the parking lot and I went to work on figuring out how to Faygo proof my camera and camera bag. During this time, I saw one of my new homies Hannah chilling in the parking lot. I was not sure if parking was free or not, so I headed over to say hi and ask her (she’s from the area) about parking. She informed me that you did have to pay, and she was nice enough to show me where to get the ticket. After chilling and talking to a few different Juggalos we decided to go get in the line to wait for the doors to open.
Around 7 pm the doors opened for the venue. I went to find out where I would receive my press pass. I was informed that the venue does not give out any type of physical press pass. So, since this was a venue I had not been to before I started to check out the photo pit (which was super small) and find out if there were any different rules for press than normal. Almost everyone I spoke to did not have a clue on any rules for press period. I did get to met another photographer, JM Draven, who I had seen his photos posted on Juggalo News and other places over the past few months.
The merchandise booth was disappointing. They hardly had anything left. I can not blame them because it was the last show of the tour.
While I was walking around the venue the local opener Nicky V took the stage. I was not expecting the show to kick off so quickly. So, while I was getting my camera set up, I made my way to the front. The crowd seemed to really enjoy his set. It was cool seeing a young kid (I believe he was 11 years old) rocking the stage. After he was done I headed to the photo pit and waited for the next artist to hit the stage.
To the surprise of me and everyone in attendance, MYZERY with Fuego Flamez hit the stage. I had seen on Facebook that he performed at the previous nights show, but did not think he would show up at this show. Myzery performed for around 20 minutes. During his set he and Fuego Flamez stopped, came over to me, and posed so I could snap a photo. I’m really hoping they come back to my area to perform again.The crowd was really into his set. (Even the ones who did not know who he was.)
A few minutes after Myzery‘s set was over, it was time for YOUNG WICKED (Otis of AMB) to come out!
Young Wicked slaughtered the stage with new, old and even some Killjoy Club tracks. The crowd seemed to really enjoy his new material and Killjoy Club songs. Young Wicked also took time to stop and pose for a photo! He seemed to be right at home up there by himself. You can tell he is starting to find his niche and is running with it.
During the break I was talking to some Los and Lettes and a lot of them did not know Young Wicked‘s name, or that he is Otis from Axe Murder Boyz. I was kind of surprised about this. I started to tell them about his solo album that was released when the next performer was about to take the stage.
DJ Paul (Three 6 Mafia, Da Mafia 6ix, Killjoy Club) was next up. Since he is/was apart of the aforementioned groups and is a solo artist, DJ Paul has a vast collection of material to choose from to make his set list. His set was mixed with hits from Three 6 Mafia, solo material including songs from his new album,“Master of Evil” and a couple Killjoy Club songs. During his performance of “Poppin’ My Collar,” Paul reached out and popped JM Draven and my collar from the stage! The crowd was eating out of Paul’s hand rapping along with almost every song. The place erupted when he started to perform Three 6 Mafia‘s classic song “Slob On My Knob.” As I was singing along, I looked over at my wife and smirked. I used to torture her with this song years ago. Much to my surprise she was singing along to it as well. After a couple more tracks his set was over and it was time to prepare for the next performer.
Payable On Death (P.O.D.) came out and finished fine tuning their instruments..once that was finished it was time for their set to begin. I honestly was not sure how well they would go over with Juggalos, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I witnessed. The crowd seemingly knew almost every song. We all sang along and just enjoyed their set. During their performance the pit started to get rough and people started to crowd surf, so for the first time all night, the security asked JM and I to leave the photo area. Yes, you read that right, I was in the photo pit for Myzery, Young Wicked, and DJ Paul‘s full sets. I was in the pit for about half of P.O.D.‘s set. Thankfully, the security was pretty cool and I spent the rest of their set at the side of the stage right up front. Enough of that, let’s get back to P.O.D.. As I said the crowd was rocking out for most of their songs. For the last song, Sonny Sandoval decide to jump into the crowd and start a mosh pit. In the pit is where he finished the last song.
After P.O.D. the crew quickly started to get all the instruments off the stage. Once all of the stuff was cleared off the stage they closed a curtain so we could not see what was going on backstage. During this time I quickly started to water proof my camera and camera bag so I was ready for the showers that were soon to follow. The security and another female photographer (she was only there to shoot POD and ICP) asked me why I was covering my camera. So, I informed them what was coming…they looked shocked and puzzled as to why ICP would spray Faygo. I tried to explain it to them in further detail while we waited, but it was going no where so I found a spot and waited.
It was time for the main event of the show, the world’s most hated band the Insane Clown Posse to hit the stage. The show began with Ultimate Warrior’s (WWF) theme music being played while The Duke of the Wicked, Violent J and The Southwest Strangla, Shaggy 2 Dope came out. From there it was instant MADNESS. The placed erupted and didn’t quiet down or slow down for the rest of the night.
Check out this video of the intro and first song that was shot by a friend of mine below.
ICP played a solid mixture of old track and new tracks from “The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost and Found)“. After the first two songs, the Faygo started to rain down on the venue. The female photographer quickly exited the photo pit. I stayed for another 3 or 5 songs until I was asked to leave. Much like during P.O.D., I was able to stay towards the side of the stage upfront.
Young Wicked joined ICP on stage to perform his parts of the songs from The Marvelous Missing Links. He also did a part in the Juggalo classic “Homies” and played guitar and sung during “Pass Me By.” ICP‘s show was fill with clowns, zombies, a robot, JCW Champ The Weedman, 3 hotties dressed as cops, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The security guards were even taking part in spraying Faygo. Although, the female security member sprayed J and Shaggy because she thought it was Shaggy that almost hit her with a bottle (Shaggy was standing right next to her). It was actually Young Wicked from the back of the stage.
Midway through their set Violent J started to thank everyone that was on the tour, and everyone who showed up during the tour (even the people that snuck in). J also announced that they had a bunch of Faygo left and they did not plan on bringing it hone with them. This lead to FULL CASES of Faygo being thrown into the crowd. As a new cases was tossed into the crowd the chaos level rose. While performing a song, J headed over towards my way, looked at me, looked at my FLH webmaster jersey, smiled and proceeded to spray a full bottle into my face. That is FUCKING awesome! He then handed me a full bottle and I started to spray everyone around me.
The Faygo really started to rain down when “Pass Me By” was performed. The stage clowns started to bring all of the cases of Faygo to the stage and it was quickly time for Insane Clown Posse to end the show with a BOOM! As “Bang Pow Boom” played, the Faygo Armageddon began!
Since I was close enough, I started to grab Faygo from the stage and hand out full bottles to everyone, I also throw some (full and empty) into the crowd, and sprayed a shitload of bottles. Before to long the Faygo was all gone and sadly the show was OVER.
We made our way over to the merchandise booth to see what they had left. I picked up a hat for Linzie and a shirt for myself. We headed off to our van to change our clothes. After changing and packing everything away it was time for our two hour trip home. We ended up getting home around 2:45 am and proceeded to pass out.
I would like to thank ICP, Psychopathic Records and Scottie D for allowing me to have a press pass. I want to thank Young Wicked, DJ Paul, and Myzery for posing the photos. Shout out to JM Draven, it was my pleasure to hang out with you in the pit! Thank you Violent J for spraying me in the face with the full bottle and finally I want to thank all the performers, the security staff, The Chance (venue), friends and Juggalos that were in attendance for making this one of the best shows I’ve been to.