The Never Sober Tour made their stop in Vancouver at Vogue Theatre with the likes of Spac3man and Heatwave opening for Juicy J. The show actually started on time. In fact, I was the late one and walked in on three to four girls going at it on stage like they were auditioning for a video shoot.
Spac3man got the crowd going hard – half the male audience had taken their shirts off and it was only half an hour in. In ending his set, Spac3man crowd-surfed over the heap of people. Sweaty, topless, heap of people.
Out came Heatwave – both of them with surprisingly top-notch, long-term yelling efficiency. Naturally, I was concerned for the health of my eardrums. Moreover, my pores were helplessly seeping in second hand smoke. Those few short hours alone will cause me to die two days earlier than I should, I know it. Though I can’t complain because to have experienced that level of energy is hard to come by nowadays.
Juicy J made his way out with what seemed like thirty thousand pieces of gold chains around his neck. I suspect his sore neck has a permanent indent. I appreciated his to-the-point performance of tackling a slew of 25+ songs at rate of a few versus each, within an hour’s time, including: “Holy Ghost”, “You Don’t know”, “Having Sex”, “We Still in this Bitch” and “23”. Not a second was wasted in transitioning between the tracks. I’m not even sure if he even got a chance to breathe. Some of the more notable quickies came from his album Stay Trippy, such as, “Bandz a Make Her Dance”, “Show Out” and “Bounce It”.
Of course, the ladies loved “Dark Horse” and sang along to his verse rapped in acappella. Although the real treat was his Three 6 Mafia numbers, “Poppin’ My Collar” and “Stay Fly”. Asides from testing out the quality of BC kush and asking the audience to kindly “turn it the f*ck up”, he also made some time to promote his forthcoming album Pure THC: The Hustle Continues to be released next month with the first single being “Low” with Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug.
I witnessed a lot on this memorable night: high ratio of male nudity, kids experiencing second base out in the open, random clap push-ups in the center aisle and a sad pair of black pantyhose abandoned on the bathroom floor. I guess Juicy J doesn’t call it the Never Sober Tour for nothing.