Reviews – Snoop Dogg @ Palace Theatre 22/01/2014

This review was published on the AU review on 24/01/2014 and can be viewed here.

Despite a petition coming forth to ban Snoop Dogg from entering Australia, the Grammy Award-winning rap artist is currently in the country headlining the Big Day Out festival.

Donning pink shaved hair and a t-shirt with colourful kangaroos on the front with the word Mac Miller below and Australia 2014 on the back, support act Pennsylvanian rapper Mac Miller’s DJ kicked off his set with a glitch. Unsure whether this part was staged or not, Miller left the stage, saying he had to re-do his introduction. Returning to the stage, the young rapper continually grabbed at his crotch and sporadically swigged from a bottle of wine throughout his set.

Mac Miller rapping around the stage
Mac Miller rapping around the stage – Photograph by Lillian Altman

A smiling snap of Snoop’s face appeared on the backdrop towards the end of the half hour break between acts, putting the crowd into a spot of excitement for the entrance of the main act. A few minutes later and his crew of nine performers entered the stage, warming up the crowd with a couple of tracks until Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion aka Snoopzilla – Wouldn’t it be easier to just call him ‘Snoop Chameleon’? – entered the stage. The crew consisted of a DJ, drummer, guitarist, bass player and several vocalists.

Also joining them was the very rowdy and crude Nasty Dogg – a guy dressed up in a dog mascot suit – adding an extra element of entertainment for the packed out crowd with his bong holding and laser pointing. Grasping a custom made microphone and wearing a black shirt with a pair of lion heads on it and black shades, Snoop performed a short and sharp one-hour set spanning both new and old releases. A shout-out to deceased rap legends Tupac and Biggie (The Notorious B.I.G) were thrown in.

Snoop Dogg's crew
Snoop Dogg’s crew – Photograph by Lillian Altman

Supported by visuals on a small screen at the back of the stage club favourite “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was thrown into the set and the stand out track that had everyone singing along and dancing was the Bruno Mars/Wiz Khalifa collab (minus the collaborators), “Young, Wild and Free“. At one point in the song, Snoop passed the baton to the crowd to sing the catchy and melodic ‘So what we get drunk/so what we smoke weed/We’re just having fun/We don’t care who sees/So what we go out/That’s how it’s supposed to be/Living young and wild and free’ chorus.

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg – Photograph by Lillian Altman
Somebody, give me back my shades
Somebody, give me back my shades – Photograph by Lillian Altman

Showing the crowd what he loves to do best, Snoop lit up and smoked a doobie on stage, passing it round to the other members in his band. Despite performing high, he never missed a beat; Snoop spoke a little bit to the crowd and ensured his fans that no matter whether people want him in the country or not, he will continue to return to our shores.

'So what we get drunk/so what we smoke weed/We’re just having fun/We don’t care who sees/So what we go out/That’s how it’s supposed to be/Living young and wild and free'
‘So what we get drunk/so what we smoke weed/We’re just having fun/We don’t care who sees/So what we go out/That’s how it’s supposed to be/Living young and wild and free’ – Photograph by Lillian Altman
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