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Insane Clown Posse Taking Its Circus Outside

of the Oakland Press

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After more than 20 years of hip-hop mayhem, Detroit's Insane Clown Posse will achieve something new in their hometown.

An outdoor show, at the Mea­dow Brook Music Fes­tival, which brings ICP's spirited Dark Carn­ival to the summer home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and generally more low-key acts.

“It's really different for us in Detroit; we usually play the (Fillmore Detroit) or something,” says the duo's Shaggy 2 Dope (aka Joe Utsler). “I'm kind of curious to see how it's going to go. I know it's gonna be, like, mad Juggalos (ICP's fans) out there repping Detroit and all that. We're really looking forward to it.”

ICP is no stranger to playing outdoors, however, and Utsler says the home Juggalos will finally get a taste of what he calls “a little bit different of an atmosphere” than the Faygo-throwing spectacles ICP usually presides over at indoor venues.

“There's more fresh air — and the Faygo definitely goes a lot farther,” Shaggy, 35, says with a laugh. “I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but you can definitely tell it's a little bit different. Hopefully, the Detroit Juggalos will like it as much as we do.

“Regardless, we're gonna turn (the place) out.”

The duo's Meadow Brook Music Festival will mark a victorious homecoming for Shabby and partner Violent Jay (aka Joe Bruce). ICP is still riding the wave of its latest album, "Bang! Pow! Boom!," which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last September and was released in an expanded "Nuclear Edition" in April. The group is also preparing for the Aug. 17 DVD rollout of its second feature film, "Big Money Rustla$," as well as its annual Gathering of the Juggalos, taking place Aug. 12-15 in Cave In Rock, Ill.

They're also celebrating a new pop culture embrace for the group, which has included parodies on "Saturday Night Live" and Internet sites such as CollegeHumor and Funny Or Die, and even an ABC "Nightline" segment in March.

"There's still, like, an enormous sense of hate, but...now it's almost like love hate," Shaggy explains. "It's kind of like wrestling; you've got your babyfaces and your heroes, and then you've got your bad guys, like Steve Austin, who are...huge.

"Everybody loves to hate us, so we'll play that role ... So if you want to hate on us, all the better for us, y'know?"

Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings, Coolio, Kittie and Necro perform at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $30 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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