I love the 90s Tour rolled into Halifax and to kick off their Eastern Canada leg of the tour. When I arrived at the Scotiabank Centre I was greeted by people dressed in 90’s style fashion. It was a like a giant time warp in reverse. It was hard not to be excited for this show. The show began with Salt N Pepa’s manager bringing a number of fans up on stage having to guess the TV Show tune. If lucky to guess they won t-shirt and an opportunity to dance on stage with Salt N Pepa. Show tunes such as The Jeffersons, The Golden Girls, Knight Rider, Married with Children and All in the Family.
This would set the stage for many of the artists that would perform including C&C Music Factory with Freedom Williams. High energy performing playing many of his hits including Everybody Dance Now and Gonna Make You Sweat to name a couple.
Young MC followed behind with a number of his biggest hits including Bust a Move. Young MC has a new movie out called Justice Served In which he wrote and directed.
Next hip hop artist to hit the stage was Biz Markie. Performing many songs but also paid tribute to a number of other artists that have since passed away. Artists like Michael Jackson and Prince. Of Course, you couldn’t have Biz Markie without him performing Just a Friend.
Still performing with killer vocals and following Markie was Color Me Badd. If the crowd wasn’t already screaming at this point there would be no one left sitting In their seats. Color Me Badd played all their hits. I Wanna Sex You Up, I Adore Mi Amor, All 4 Love and Remember When.
What better way to follow-up a boy band is with another boy band. All 4 One came together on stage with the ladies screaming. It wouldn’t be long before they performed the song that went number one by two artists. I Swear went number one with John Michael Montgomery along with themselves. But they also performed I Can Love you Like That. They say 90’s hip hop is making a comeback. I would argue it never left. Fans knew every word to every song by every artist would perform on this night.
Rapper Rob Base tore it up belting out rhymes. Some of the biggest hits from the 90s included It Takes Two and Joy and Pain. We would not be disappointed on this night.
Headlining this show would be the first ladies of Hip Hop, Salt n Pepa. These two have been in the business together for over 31 years taking home many awards including a Grammy. As the ladies like to say it’s the Salt n Pepa experience. At one point they bring up a group of ladies from the audience to dance on stage with them and followed that up with the guys for the next song. The ladies apologized for ruining many of our lives about talking about sex at such a young age. Of course that let into their hits Let’s Talk about Sex and Push It. We would also be blessed to hear them sing Shoop and Whatta Man.
I personally can’t remember the last time the Scotiabank was completely sold out from floor to rafters. Now thankfully, St John’s NFLD, Sydney Cape Breton and Moncton NB would get the honour to see this show. Heck if it wasn’t sold out everywhere I just might have travelled Atlantic Canada to see the show over and over.
Good news is that they announced a Caribbean Cruise in Jan 2018 out of Miami bringing with them a whole list of artists. Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Naughty by Natutre, Blackstreet, Rob Base, Coolio, Kid N’ Play, All 4 One, Biz Markie, SISQO, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Young MC, Dj Kool and C&C Music Factory feat Freedom Williams. The Cruise is called Ship-Hop Cruise and sales January 11th -15th, 2018. www.shiphop.com check out the feature video https://vimeo.com/214589139
And if you are in Ontario this July don’t miss the tour stop in at Rock The Park…
Photos & Review – James Bennett
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