Hip Hop legend GZA makes a rare appearance on Tyneside, as part of an extensive European run celebrating his seminal album Liquid Swords.

Such was the demand for the Wu-Tang Clan MC’s eagerly anticipated show at the Riverside in Newcastle that it sold out in record time. Subsequently, tonight’s show in the North East of England is packed to the proverbial rafters as the region’s hip hop fraternity descend up one of the city’s premier live music venues.

Recorded back in 1995, Liquid Swords was the second solo album to be released by GZA. Having been certified platinum, as well as receiving widespread critical acclaim, the record is regarded by many as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

Accompanied by DJ Symphony, this evening GZA turns back the clocks almost 25 years as he revisits the Liquid Swords album live and in person. It goes without saying that the record has aged just like a fine wine, and still sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did back in the mid-90s.

From the moment the man himself takes to the stage, you can feel just how much this album means to those in attendance. The fans sing every word wholeheartedly from the off, almost acting like an army of backing vocalists.

To witness such a spectacle inside of an intimate venue such as this is a rare treat indeed. The crowd mere inches from GZA himself, which in turn creates somewhat of a special atmosphere inside of the room. The Wu-Tang legend prowls the edge of the stage all night long whilst simultaneously engaging and spurring on the crowd.

Whilst the onus of the first half of the show is on Liquid Swords, the second half of the show features a whole raft of back to back Wu-Tang Clan classics. This includes the likes of “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit”, ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and the unmistakable “C.R.E.A.M”. Each of these tracks, in turn, please the multitude of old school hip hop aficionados in the audience.

If you missed GZA this time around, the Wu-Tang Clan will be returning to the UK in May as part of the ‘Gods of Rap’ arena tour alongside fellow Hip Hop legends Public Enemy, De La Soul and DJ Premier. This will be a night not to be missed.

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Event Date: 10-April-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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