Ghostface Killah Rained Out

Originally in The Oklahoma Daily on October 16th, 2007.

Several hundred hip hop fans were disappointed when rap legend and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah did not perform as scheduled Sunday night outside the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Severe weather forced the Union Programming Board to cancel the free Adult Swim-sponsored show. The concert’s two opening acts were able to perform until a thunderstorm rolled in just before Ghostface was to take the stage.

John Pike, meteorologist at the National Weather Center, said as far back as Thursday, there was a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms for Sunday night. By 3 p.m. Saturday, the likelihood of thunderstorms had gone up to 70 percent, he said.

“They should have moved it somewhere inside when they found out the storm was coming,” music education sophomore Adam Wilson said.

Fans were told to go inside the Union to wait out the storm. After only a few minutes of waiting, organizers announced the show was canceled.

“I was upset,” art history and broadcasting senior Chrysta Daebler said. “When they told us to go inside, everyone started booing and I really thought there might be a riot.”

Though fans were unable to see headliner Ghostface, they were able to see Dungeon Family member Witchdoctor. The Atlanta-native performed for nearly 45 minutes with the storm looming on the horizon.

“It was really just a show of openers,” Wilson said.

In September, a Starlight Mints show at the same location was canceled owing to rain, but because the Mints reside in Norman, it was possible to reschedule.

Union Programming Board Coordinator Michael Giesecke said that will not be the case with this tour.

“Unfortunately, there won’t be a reschedule,” Giesecke said. “It was a traveling tour, which means they are long gone.”

Reached by The Daily, an Adult Swim public relations representative, Jeff Anderson, declined to comment.

The Union Programming Board has another Adult Swim-sponsored show on its schedule. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and Dethklok are slated to perform on the east Oklahoma Memorial Union lawn on Nov. 15.