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05/01/1999 Sugar Ray, Orgy, Run-DMC (Buffalo, NY @ SUNY Buffalo)

By Eric | May 1, 1999 11:59 pm

This was a free show put on by UB, and was actually part of the MTV campus invasion tour. Needless to say, there were TONS of people packed into Baird Point. Sara, Danielle, Mary and I waited in what seemed like the longest line ever to get through metal detectors, but then A) I found an RIT buddy that let us jump in and cut half the line, and B) Run-DMC started playing while we were in line and a bunch of people skipped out of line to go sit on the big hill and watch. We finally got in and caught the remainder of Run-DMC’s set. I remember everyone was ripping on Run-DMC for some reason, I thought they were cool as hell! These are rap legends we’re talking about! Not that I knew the entire catalog or anything, but certainly the hits. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. Apparently Run-DMC played early so they could get to a second gig later that day, and Orgy wasn’t quite ready. More than an hour later (or so it felt like), they finally got out there.

Orgy came out, and the place got nuts, Sara got kicked in the head by a crowd surfer, and we moved off to the back and the side for the rest of the day. Orgy played a good set, I still didn’t recognize too much besides Blue Monday and Stitches, Judging from other sets from this era, I’d say we probably saw Dissention, Gender, Fetisha, Stitches, Pantomime, and Blue Monday.

Sugar Ray came out, and it wasn’t the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen. They were decent, but 19-year old me wasn’t really into it. Of course, they played Fly and Every Morning, I think they opened with RPM, and maybe they played Mean Machine, couldn’t tell you much more than that. They brought up two kids to freestyle rap, and both kids sucked. Badly. Mark McGrath kept saying how he was so sexy and whatnot. In other words, its a good thing this one was free.

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