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Twiztid bring Fright Fest home

Fright Fest 2013 at the Macomb Music Theatre in Mount Clemens, Michigan 10-30-13


Devil's Night found Detroit's own, Twiztid, bringing their Fright Fest show to their hometown for the first time as they hit the stage in Mount Clemens at the Macomb Music Theatre.

Tracy Heck
Twiztid on stage at the Macomb Music Theatre 10-30-13
Tracy Heck

It has been a busy year for the group as they left their home of 15 years at Psychopathic Records to pursue their own independent career and released their first independent album, A New Nightmare.

Although some of their Juggalo fans may have been turned off by their exit from ICP's label, judging by the fans that packed into Mount Clemens on Wednesday and their enthusiastic reaction to their set the band is going to do just fine.

Sound problems plagued the show throughout but it didn't take away from any of the performances.

The show began with sets from Aqualeo, Venomiz, AJAX, Caskey and Bizarre, who pulled out some of his songs with D12.

Then the more Juggalo-friendly R.O.C. took to the stage with a hard hitting set that included tracks from his 2008 EP, Welcome to the Dark Side, like "I'm Here" and "Hello".

Also leaving Psychopathic Records this year was Twiztid's friend, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, but he has continued to work on music with former label mate, Anybody Killa, who he formed the group Drive-By with.

The two took to the stage on Wednesday under the Drive-By-moniker and performed many of their biggest hits together from "Thug 4 Life" and "Hood Ratz" to "This High" as well as some of their biggest solo tracks like ABK's "Hey Y'all" and Blaze's "Escape Artist".

They also pulled out a couple of new songs that might appear on the new album that they've been rumored to be working on.

After a long period between sets, Twiztid finally took to the stage with "Green Pumpkins".

Behind them was a lit up pumpkin sign with the words Fright Fest and Twiztid lit up in red.

The band went on to perform a set that focused more on their old-school tracks than songs from their latest album but there were a few like "Down With Us".

As soon as the strains of Twiztid hit, "We Don't Die" hit the speakers, the crowd of Juggalos exploded in a show of unity shouting the chorus back to the group and jumping up and down as one.

Twiztid members Jamie Madrox and Monoxide were obviously enjoying the love as they stopped at one point to bow to the crowd and thanked them for their support.

Throughout the evening they also spent time joking with the crowd and one another.

Other set highlights included "First Day Out", "Afraid of Me" and "They Told Me".

The band closed things on a dramatic note with the fantastic track, "LDLHA-IBCSYWA" which had all of the lighters out.

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