Public Enemy Sizzling Summer Tour
For the tour to support their groundbreaking LP Fear
of a Black Planet, Public Enemy wanted a show to match their music's combative
assault. "OK, if we're gonna fill a stage, everything's gotta be moving,"
leader Chuck D recalls of the band's approach. They'd built their live rep on
short, explosive sets. Now they packed an hour with Chuck as bullhorn MC and
Flava Flav as his firecracker comic foil, leaping across the stage and diving
into the crowd. In Houston, Ice Cube joined them to perform his guest verse on "Burn
Hollywood Burn," a song that became each night's incendiary high point. "We
didn't need to use pyro," says Chuck. "When I see acts use pyro, I'm
like, 'What lazy fucks.'" C.R.W.