-Photos -Review -MMG Tour Kicks Off At Ohio State In Columbus -Rick Ross -Meek Mill -Wale -Machine Gun Kelly
Columbus Ohio. Story By Michael Goins Where else would Rick Ross kick off the Mayback Music Goups official first tour, other than Columbus Ohio. There is one city that Rick Ross, Gucci, and Jeezy can always count on to bring out the fans, and that is the Cbus. Rick Ross performs more dates in Columbus than any other artists that comes to the city.
In a sense, Ross brought his tour home this evening to the delight of more than 5,000 die hards at Value City Arena. Not bad for an opening night performance. The MMG tour is making its way across college campuses across the eastcoast before heading south to New Orleans, west through Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona, then California.
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Machine Gun Kelly got things started, and had the crowd reeling for close to 45 minutes. The tall 6’4″ Cleveland native was the perfect prep for an Ohio artist needing a big break in front of a friendly crowd. MGK T’s where being sported throughout the arena as he made his Columbus debut.
Columbus was the first show in a series of dates that will lead up to its final date in Houston Texas in December. The MMG tour has one of the most aggressive tour schedules I’ve seen in a while.. On stage last night in Columbus, back again tonight at University Of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena in Lexington Ky, Penn State University at University Park Pa, and The Fighting Illini’s Assembly Hall in Champaign Ill, before taking two days off before heading to New Orleans for another series of shows. Eighteen shows in total for the month of November.
Back to the review… Wale was the first of the headliners to take the stage. Sporting a multicolored rasta knitted cap, the rapper tagged the “cash prince” by Forbes, was strong out of the gate, and was the right opener for the tour. Read the full article here I rate his set a little higher than Meek Mills which followed. Meek Mill hit the stage sporting a NY Knicks sported blazer with matching sneakers. A strong set but not at the level of Wale and Rick Ross. Keep in mind here, this is just my observation from the photo pit and judging solely on the amount of noise coming from the first couple of rows….
Rick Ross was, well, let’s say, Rick Ross. The Teflon Don, Ricky Rozay, and all his other aliases hit the stage in Columbus fast out of the block, and never looked back. I ‘ve seen Ross at least a dozen times in concert and his performances only get stronger. This was not a Jay Z level show, let’s be clear, but, I will say it is next in line as far as stage imagery. Large LCD screens,Fireworks, etc. That is to be expected however, when you hookup with Livenation and start playing the bigger venues. His set started with a short video Rossamentary, then he appeared…… The one thing Rick Ross must do if he is going to rise to that Jay Z stage show next level, is add the live band to the set. It will be one of those defining moments in his stage career.
For what its worth, the Mayback Music tour could be a huge success. Adding Machine Gun Kelly was the perfect move and if you want to really increase his and the tours stock, increase his profile and stage presence. I would definitely recommend the show and knowing how tough times are in this economy, I don’t make this recommendation lightly.