Insane Clown Posse Making Changes to Annual ‘Gathering’ Event
For Juggalos across the nation, if not the world, the annual Gathering of the Juggalos is a must-see, but this year, partially based on Insane Clown Posse’s new ideas and conflict with the FBI, changes are coming.
When speaking with Billboard recently, the group’s Violent J discussed surprising fans and the band’s move to overall do something different this year – specially, that involves focusing more on independent artists and less so on mainstream performers. That’s why this year’s Gathering theme is Rise of the Underground.
Violent J told the magazine: "This next tour is going to be a brand-new show -- not just the Clowns and the zombies and the Faygo, but a lot of new stuff going on and a bunch of songs we don't normally do in concert. We're going into the catalog and are gonna stop doing the same batch of songs that we always do every tour because they're the concert hits. We're going to do a lot of songs we've never done in concert. Most people that come to see us have been coming for years and seen ICP, like, 12 times or something...so we want to give them something really different and fresh this time."
Starting next month is a long string of shows for Insane Clown Posse. A tour kicks off on May 1 in Rochester, New York, and ends at their annual Hallowicked show in Detroit. In August, the 14th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos lasts from the 7th to the 11th.
Another factor resulting in changed plans is the FBI’s designation of Juggalos as a gang. As Billboard pointed out, this factor has affected where they can book shows and their merchandise. Since this occurred, the group has filed the Freedom of Information Act and is additionally preparing for a lawsuit to get the label removed.
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