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Holden Pavilion, April 27
Think back to early 2020, when Donald Trump was president, ‘Pandemic’ was just a movie and Denzel Curry’s cover of ‘Rage Against the Machine’ bulls in parade is the favorite to win triple j’s Hottest 100.
The result did not (the coverperforming for a radio station like a version, ended up at No. 5), but his punchy, politically charged remake of the 1996 hit has viewers here standing up and taking notice—if they haven’t already. A strong turnout at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Thursday night showed the Florida-born rapper’s fame has crossed the Pacific.
bulls in parade is no longer on his playlist (he told Triple J in 2019 that it was putting too much strain on his voice), but the 28-year-old has kept up with new music and the Aussie’s regular The festival calendar goes from strength to strength.
He was last in the harbor city for a field day on New Year’s Day before returning to tour Australia with Groovin the Moo.
But Thursday night, Curry announced, is “mother-ing melt my eyes see your future show” – the album he came here to tour.
curry opening Melting Session #1 and step intoThe album’s buttery opening track — neither of which would sound out of place on a millennial’s after-dinner playlist.
In an industry that has no shortage of hubris, Curry is talking about a big game. He told XXL Mag last year: “I’m the best rapper ever. Point blank, full stop.”