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It’s been 33 years since Public Enemy first rallied in Long Island, N.Y.
A quick Google search on the number 33 informs us that the number is the temperature at which water boils on the Newton scale, the degree at which all points of the universe collide and is the numeric equivalent of the word "amen." (1+13+5+14=33.)
Metaphorically, these facts describe what happened on stage tonight when Public Enemy played a 90-plus-minute show that started at 10 p.m. on Summerfest's Miller Lite Stage.
Prior to tonight's performance, the bar was already high – the 2010 Summerfest show has become legendary for many who attended and affirmed that neither age nor fame were stunting nor clouding PE’s message.
Tonight, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group and Professor Griff were, once again, loud and clear. The group delivered an extremely high-energy show during which Chuck D and Flavor Flav were as interactive, prolific and connected as ever with one another and with the audience.
The show opened with "Miuzi Weighs A Ton" and PE went on to deliver "911 Is A Joke," "Welcome To the Terrordome," "Bring the Noise," "Don’t Believe The Hype," "Can’t Truss It," "Do You Wanna Go Our Way," "Fight The Power," "31 Flavors," "Time Bomb" and show closer "Shut ‘Em Down."
Throughout their career, Pubic Enemy defined and redefined hip-hop through their political lyrics that both criticize American culture – as well as the media– and provide a voice for the frustrations of African Americans.
Despite the recent tragedies and outrages in America, during tonight’s show the group made it clear, for the most part, that their message was of peace and connectedness.
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