Coming soon to the wilds of New Jersey: Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, All American Rejects, tons of emo-lovin' kids and ... Method Man?
It's true. On Wednesday (February 1), festival organizers put to rest months of rumors by confirming that Meth will indeed be performing alongside tons of Hot Topic favorites at the second annual Bamboozle, to be held May 6 and 7 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey.
The idea of having the Ticallion Stallion appear at the Bamboozle was actually hatched back in November, when organizers first spoke with MTV News about the festival (see "Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack Good To Go For Bamboozle '06"). And though it had been whispered about ever since — even making the rounds on various indie-punk messageboards last week — no one was willing to confirm the rapper's involvement until now.
Organizers also hinted at the possibility that Meth might be "bringing some of his good friends with him" to the Bamboozle, though they would not clarify whether or not those "friends" included a group of gentlemen who go by the name of the Wu-Tang Clan — who, incidentally, are planning on launching an East Coast tour later this month (see "Raekwon Linx Up With Busta, RZA; Wu-Tang Dedicate Tour To ODB").
But just how will Meth and his various associates mix with the young, rather suburban crowd the Bamboozle is likely to attract?
Aside from the rather obvious parallels between his festival appearance and his short-lived sitcom "Method & Red" — in which he and good pal Redman played a couple of rappers who move into a plush gated community, with somewhat hilarious results (see "Method Man Says Sitcom Isn't Showing The Real 'Method & Red' ") — event organizers aren't really sure. Which was part of the plan: One organizer said they hoped the addition of Meth would "blow kids' minds."
Method Man is just one of several acts to commit recently to the Bamboozle, joining the likes of HIM, Relient K and Panic! at the Disco.