28 years after the release of his acclaimed solo album Liquid Swords, Wu Tang Clan’s GZA is as relevant as ever. He recently embarked on a US tour celebrating his classic album, which included a stop at Denver’s legendary Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. Despite being a Monday night, the show was completely sold out, packed from wall to wall with OG fans and new heads alike. The sole opener, Nature Boi, brought an energetic and polished set, properly prepping the amped crowd for The Genius with a short but impactful performance.
The Phunky Nomads (GZA’s backing band) band took the stage and quickly warmed up, and GZA finally appeared from the shadows. Rocking a thorough set that included the bulk of Liquid Swords as well as multi-song, crowd assisted tribute to his late cousin ODB, GZA closed out the night with a journey through his roots with a montage of some of Wu Tang’s greatest hits. With unprecedented calm, and a controlled stage presence that only 20+ years of consistent success can provide, GZA showed in out legendary fashion as one of hip hop’s GOATs.
Check out the photo recap shot by revered photojournalist Armando Geneyro.