Concert Reviews

If You're Going to See Vanilla Ice at a Honky Tonk, Bring a Towel

This weekend's most unlikely show featured Vanilla Ice, who you know from "Ice Ice Baby" and reality TV, played at the Grizzly Rose, which you know for its mechanical bull and line dancing classes.

After the opening band finished a set of country rock, the DJ played early nineties hits: Tag Team's "Whoomp There It is," MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" and House of Pain's "Jump Around." This seemed to please a crowd comprised mostly of children of the '90s.

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Many people were wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shirts, a nod to "Ninja Rap." Some concertgoers were wearing shirts, some homemade, that read "Word to Your Mother" and "Ice Ice Baby." Others were dressed up in bright early nineties inspired outfits. There was even a dance off, the kind you think only exist in teen movies.

The backdrop on the stage had the name "Vanilla Ice" printed on them along with a graphic of a baby angel holding a machine gun -- the rapper's current logo of sorts. There was also a large, inflatable Grim Reaper. Ice announced that his birthday is on Halloween, and then began to sing his own version of Marilyn Manson's "This is Halloween," replacing the title lyrics with "born on Halloween." It was at this moment that a clown got on stage and began pouring water all over the crowd.

That wasn't the only clown reference of the night -- Ice made several references to his relatively newfound association with the Juggalos. That development came to a shock to some of his older fans who were there for nostalgic reasons. Emily Brown, who was drenched by the clown's water, expressed annoyance for her wet clothes and asked, "What, is he a Juggalo now?"

Pretty much, yep. In 2011 he signed with Psychopathic Records and performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos. He is working on an upcoming record for the label, which will include guest vocals of Psychopathic Record artists.

Vanilla Ice brought over a dozen girls on stage with him to dance for nearly half the show and asked for girls to throw their bras at him, which they did. Some fans expressed disappointment. "I feel like I'm in Mexico on Spring Break," said Dan Sheckman, who was in his late thirties. But nobody could complain when Ice played the songs that he is famous for. "I still love you Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!" he exclaimed before playing his song from the film. And of course, he performed "Ice Ice Baby," much to everyone's excitement.

"We are who we are because of who we were," he said.

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