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Monday, January 7, 2013

Method Man Kicked Me in the Face While Holding My Friend's Hand

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Method Man at the Coliseum. See our full slideshow here. - KRISTAN LIEB
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  • Method Man at the Coliseum. See our full slideshow here.

Meth then began climbing up onto the crowd, placing his feet in the hands of audience members as he started in on the night's last song. Adam then understood what was happening, and reached his hand out to grab a foot. "Normally I wouldn't go for that," Adam would explain to me later, "but it was Method Man."

To Adam's surprise, Meth instead grabbed Adam's hand and used it to steady himself as he stood on the hands of his fans and finished his song. For Meth, it was a smart move: Adam is sturdy with a good back, and he was perfectly capable of helping to keep him from falling. For Adam, it was surreal: For at least a full minute, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan held his hand while singing a song to him.

I reached into my pocket to grab my phone and capture a picture of this, and right then Meth hopped back down from his perch and I got wanged in the side of the head by his shoe. It was my own fault, really, for existing inside of my phone at that moment rather than within the show itself. I had already witnessed a rambunctious Method Man throwing a full bottle of water on a crowd full of people pointing cell phones at him earlier in the night, with a mischievous smile on his face. I should have known better. The accidental kick to the head was not the worst I've experienced at a show, though, and was easily shaken off.

"Did Method Man just yell at me to hold his hand?" a bewildered Adam asked me as we exited the venue. Yes and no: Adam did hold his hand, and Method Man did make him do it, but the Wu-Tang MC didn't even have to speak a word, let alone yell. Such is the power of the Wu.

Critic's Notebook:

Overheard: An opener covering a twenty-year-old Snoop Dogg song, incorporating an electric guitar. C'mon, guys.

Setlist: I was having far too much fun to even attempt a setlist. I knew every song and had the whole list memorized, but that blow to the head shook all that info loose and I forgot. That's believable, right?

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