Juice was the first to take the stage for the Zombies, sporting a camo Bathing Ape shirt and his signature wild man scruff. The group had just spent 24 hours returning from Australia, and after performing “MRAZ,” Meechy Darko expressed relief to back in their native borough. “I’m so happy to be home right now. I could kiss the fuckin’ soil.”
The crew rattled off some new shit (“Whatchu gonna do when them zombies come for you?”) and “Face-Off,” which got the crowd a little too rowdy. “Save the moshin’ for the last song, then we can break shit,” Meech told a group near center stage. “Don’t get my show shut down. I haven’t even said ‘fuck the police’ yet.”
The energy only picked up, though, with a performance of “Ignorance is Bliss,” and a procession of surprise guests. A$AP Ant came out for “3FLIP6” followed by Bodega Bamz, who ran through “Thrilla.” The Underachievers even came back out, turning the stage from a three ring circus to a full-fledged mob scene.
And then they performed “No Religion.” And then Meech told everyone to get back and make room. And just as the next song was about to kick in, boom. No sound. Just the crowd, chanting every lyric, but eventually tailing off when the music never came back.
An air of uncertainty settled in. A “Beast Coast” chant started. The Zombies never left the stage. And at 8:54 p.m., the DJ began playing. Sound began to build. “I think they fucked up for long enough” a disembodied voice echoed out.
And like that, the Zombies came back stronger than ever, ripping through “Bath Salts,” “Thug Waffle,” and “S.C.O.S.A.”
After some shirt-less crowd surfing, Meech returned to the stage to offer a final thought to back-packed, tattooed, hyped-up crowd. “Before I leave the stage, I got one message: Open your fucking mind.”