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Insane Clown Posse offers a good day, or days, to be a Juggalo

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Insane Clown Posse started Juggalo Day as a thank-you and a celebration of and for its fans a few years back.

But this year it seems even more important than before.

After a year spent battling the FBI over the criminal gang classification of its Juggalo fan base -- the case is currently on appeal after the U.S. District course dismissed the initial complaint -- the Farmington Hills-headquartered rap duo's Violent J says those Juggalos deserve something "bigger and better," which is why this year's Juggalo Day has expanded to two days at Detroit's Masonic Temple complex. The festivities including Friday's showing of the group's two films, "Big Money Hustla$" and "Big Money Rustla$," while Saturday's sold-out free concert (non-perishable food items collected for tickets will be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank) will also a bit of JCW wrestling exhibition.

"Juggalos like to get together and be together. That's what we're all about," says Violent J (real name Joe Bruce), who co-founded the group with partner Shaggy 2 Dope (Joe Utsler) during 1989 in Oak Park. "It's important to let everybody know that business continues, that no matter what happens, what we go through or what happens to us, nobody's gonna be able to stop us from doing what we do.

"We're always going to be here to provide an outlet of some fun for people's lives, man. Juggalos that enjoy being a Juggalo, we're gonna be able to grow old together. We don't do this and not enjoy it, y'know? We do this 'cause we love it, and we'll let everybody know that."

ICP business will be going on in a big way this year. The duo is reactivating its Internet radio station (Psychopathic Radio) but even more importantly has not one but two albums on the way -- "Lost," which hits on April 28, Violent J's 43rd birthday, and "Found," which ICP plans to release during the summer. As the titles indicate the two are companion pieces, with "Lost" much is "super serious," much moreso than its predecessors.

"There's no comedy on it, and ICP is known for comedy," Violent J says. "It's about life without hope or without faith, and it's just fast and pulse-pounding beats and dark. For me it's about not having God in your life and being lost and worrying about death, worrying about everything, like you're missing a link. It's looking at the world through negative lenses."

However, he promises, "Found" will live up to its more optimistic title. "It's like you find your missing link, you have faith, you see everything positively. We had a much better time in the studio with that one; we bring back the comedy aspect of it and songs about good times and the funny songs and the upbeat songs. So we get lost and we get found; it's the complete picture."

ICP will be announcing tour plans during the Juggalo Day weekend, while details this year's Gathering of the Juggalos will be announced later.

Juggalo Day featuring Insane Clown Posse

Saturday, Feb. 21. Doors open at 4 p.m. for Juggalo Championship Wrestling, 7 p.m. for the concert.

Masonic Temple Auditorium, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are sold out.

Call (313) 832-7100 or visit www.hatchetherald.com.

Note: The ICP films "Big Money Hustla$" and "Big Money Rustla$" will be shown Friday, Feb. 20 at the Masonic's Jack White Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Web Site: www.hatchetherald.com

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