Raekwon Showed up at the Gargoyle at 10:55, Ten Minutes After Wash. U. Faculty Pulled the Plug on His Show

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Raekwon the Chef, not performing in St. Louis last night.
Update: Raekwon will play a last-minute show tonight (3/8) at Jive & Wail. He'll go onstage around midnight (ahem) and there's a $10 cover charge.

Last night, the Wu-Tang Clan's legendary Raekwon the Chef was scheduled to play Washington University's on-campus music venue, the Gargoyle, alongside Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs. The small club filled out nicely by 9 p.m., and a packed room waited anxiously to see some of hip-hop's best artists do what they do in an unusually intimate setting. Two hours and one local act later, neither artist was in the building, and faculty at the college pulled the plug on the show, sending everyone home with refunds -- much to the chagrin of Raekwon, who arrived shortly thereafter following an eighteen hour drive from the rugged lands of Shaolin New York, only to be told the show was cancelled. We tracked down his tour bus near the venue, where we found a very disappointed rapper. "Bullshit, bullshit. I mean, you know, yeah, you just let 'em know man -- we came," he said. "We came and we feel bad, you know what I mean, that they didn't get the chance to see a great show."

A timeline of the night's events, as well as the rest of our conversation with Raekwon from the bus are below.

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Daniel Hill
Raekwon's tour bus on Wash. U.'s campus last night.

Daniel Hill: So what's your take on this whole situation?

Raekwon: Shit's crazy, shit got me pissed off, man. Damn, man, we was excited, we came straight in -- like, straight in. We knew that we didn't have no time to really go to the hotel.

How long was the drive?

The drive was like fucking eighteen hours -- eighteen hours!

Damn, that's brutal, and then not to play....

To get in and get right on, it's like, you know....this is what we do, though but....this is fucked up, I don't like situations like this when people come out and they can't....you know, they could have been a little bit understanding of the fact that where we're coming from -- it ain't like it's a three-hour drive. You know in situations like that, you gotta have some kind of sympathy for the drivers and the distance that we traveling, you know what I mean? Its like, come on man, give us a little break. though. It could have been a little later show though. Eleven o'clock we was here; it would have been alright.

You guys showed up at 11?

We actually got here at 10:55.

I shit you not, it was 10:45 when they turned the lights on.

Get the fuck out of here.

At 10:45 they turned the lights on, gave everybody their money back and they were out the door. I was talking to the promoter when your manager called and said you guys were here.

Bullshit, bullshit. I mean you know, yeah, you just let 'em know man -- we came. We came and we feel bad, you know what I mean, that they didn't get the chance to see a great show. You know I was coming, we was coming to do what we do.

If it was anything like that show at the Firebird, damn.

Show at the Firebird, right?

Didn't even have a chance. Damn, and I was ready to go, too. Wow.

On the next page: A full timeline of the night's events.


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Gargoyle

6445 Forsyth Blvd, University City, MO

Category: Music

The Jive & Wail

1227 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


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14 comments
Stl_Bob
Stl_Bob

My friend who went to the Jive and Wail make up show says Raekwon did four songs and called it a concert and then went upstairs to get drunk.

Gilligan
Gilligan

I side with the Gargoyle on this one

Show up on time...if you have an 18 hour drive how about leaving 24 hours early...heaven forbid you actually get to a venue in time to properly soundcheck and start your show on time

it is stupid moves like this that continues to give live hip hop a bad reputation

John Camp
John Camp

What is the basis for the claim that the "faculty" pulled the plug?

Just my 2c
Just my 2c

It seems like this is piss poor planning/booking on the band manager's part.  They should have known their itinerary long before this happened.  Showtime wasn't 10:55 or whenever we get there.

LivinInSTL
LivinInSTL

Also, this was a great article. Kudos to you man on writing this.

LivinInSTL
LivinInSTL

I hate the Gargoyle. After the Yeasayer fiasco, I'll never come back. The students are snobs and no one ever gets into the music; they sit on their phones. The sound and set-up is horrid as well. 

So I say, FUCK YOU GARGOYLE!

Kevin
Kevin

That's crazy, but kudos to Raekwon for stating his side and sticking around to do another show tonight. Most rappers would've been like "oh well, my bad. We'll see you next time."

Wesallmond
Wesallmond

Oh well, the freshmen kids that run the board prob would have had the sound all jacked up anyway 

Wash U student
Wash U student

The Gargoyle is on the Wash U campus, so it probably has a sound curfew of like 11:30 on a weekday. 

Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

 Wash U can't hang -- didn't they know it was a Raekwon show? Those kids can get back to studying for anthropology midterms later.

Kelsey W.
Kelsey W.

This is insane. Great job sticking with it, though, Daniel.

Daniel Hill
Daniel Hill

I spoke with faculty, and students who were working the show. 

Greg
Greg

The curfew is midnight. Raekwon was supposed to be there at 9:30.

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