Yeah boyeeeee! Once May rolls around, Public Enemy will take their 1988 classic-among-classics It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back to a trio of UK stages as part of All Tomorrow's Parties' Don't Look Back. (As you already know, Don't Look Back is an ongoing series of live performances of classic albums in their entirety.)
In addition to all the cold lampin' and the noise bringin' from the mighty PE, each of the three Nation of Millions UK shows will be bolstered by supporting performances from Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith and Kutmasta Kurt), Edan and MC Dagha, and the reunited Anti-Pop Consortium.
What's more, Raekwon will follow in his Wu-Tang cohort GZA's footsteps in bringing a solo album to the stage as part of Don't Look Back. The Chef will take 1995's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... to London's Koko on May 19. (And then my apartment, right?)
These new events join Sebadoh's performance of Bubble and Scrape (taking place May 7 at Koko) to round out the current schedule of UK Don't Look Backs.
And as you're well aware by now, ATP is doing big things with both Pitchfork and Explosions in the Sky in May as well.
It Takes a Nation of Millions, Dr. Octagon, Anti-Pop Consortium, Edan and MC Dagha:
05-23 London, England – Academy
05-26 Manchester, England – Academy
05-27 Glasgow, Scotland – ABC1
Video: Public Enemy: Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos [from the It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back LP]