Concert Reviews

dead prez at The Oriental Theatre, 1/18/13


There was a salient theme throughout the night, across the sets of most of the acts, and that was a message of being healthy, both physically and mentally. "Healthy is the new gangsta," said of dead prez near the middle part of the show, just before he went into one of his solo songs, "Back On My Regimen." On that tune, he invokes the words of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, which was, of course, a key influence on Bad Brains. That song segued perfectly into the dead prez song "Don't Waste It," a track that suggests that getting intoxicated is what keeps the community weak. M-1 told us this wasn't just a concert, and he was absolutely right.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.