Tupac went on tour with The Outlawz, Tha Dogg Pound & DJ Quick. The Tupac live performance kicked off on January 4, 1996, at Gund Arena (now Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse) in Cleveland, Ohio.
The show, billed as a memorial tribute to Eazy-E, also timed nicely for the February 13, release of Tupac’s Death Row debut, ‘All Eyez On Me’.
Originally listed to hit 12 cities, the tour made it only to Cleveland and New Orleans before it was consequently cancelled. The stage set at the 1999 Up in Smoke tour with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube was built similar to the one used at the Gund Arena for Tupac’s performance. It had a mock-up hood, with building’s full of graffiti writing saying ‘Outlawz’, ‘Thug Life’ and ‘DPG’.
“Cleveland, are y’all ready” Tupac called out at the onset of his performance, the Cleveland crowd erupts.
Tupac and Outlawz began with an energetic performance of the ‘All Eyez On Me’ track, ‘Ambitionz Az a Ridah’. This would also be the case at the House Of Blues performance. Delivered with precision, the audience enjoyed watching ‘Pac and the Outlawz run through tracks off the eagerly anticipated album.
Showing that he certainly hadn’t lost any stage charisma since being in prison, Tupac reveled when interacting with his fans. When ‘Pac says “I love you Cleveland”, he prompts them to say “we love you too ‘Pac.” With fans obliging, he drops ‘I Get Around’ which was even more celebrated.
What happened the weekend Tupac performed in Cleveland?
Tupac deals with Cleveland crutch thrower
In an interview with Cam Capone News, Death Row singer Danny Boy talks about an incident from that night in Cleveland.
While performing ‘What’s Your Phone Number’ with Danny Boy, somebody from the audience threw a crutch onto the stage.
‘Pac urged everybody to point out the individual who threw it, even offering money in exchange for the culprit! He remembers seeing a thousand fingers pointing at one particular person. As a result, the crutch thrower was “snatched up” and the show went on, with Tupac throwing some money into the crowd!
Furthermore, immediately after the incident, Tupac can be heard saying; ” If ni**** wanna fight, stop the show, fight then get on with the show!”
Set list for Cleveland performance
- Ambitionz az a Ridah
- Skandalouz (with Nate Dogg)
- I Get Around
- What’z Ya Phone #
- All Bout U (with Nate Dogg)
- California Love (Remix Version)
Cleveland hater dealt with after negative comments towards Tupac in Cleveland club
In a recent interview, Tupac’s former personal assistant, Kendrick Wells, reveals that Suge Knight changed the day of the Tupac Cleveland performance. The night of the original scheduled performance, Tupac would hit the club’s in Cleveland.
As ‘Pac walked through one particular club, the crowd went crazy for him. However, controversy was never far away. As it was at the height of the east coast west coast war, therefore not everybody gave him a warm welcome.
Walking through the club, Kendrick, heard one clubber say, “f*** that n**** Tupac.” As a result, this switched the former assistant into protective mode, preparing to throw down if needed. While the negativity didn’t phase Tupac, in contrast, a few fans took exception to the hater.
Explaining the situation, Kendrick said, “you hear the person say something else, and somebody else says something. Then everybody in the f***ing crowd beat the s*** out of the motherf***as talking s*** about ‘Pac. And, we went back to clubbing.”