Seems like a long time since a certain widely maligned, fundamentally ludicrous horrorcore duo and their earnestly intentioned family of facepainted, hatchet-swinging outcast fans were actually reviled. Now, they’re kneejerk traffic bait, like cats or guidos or weird subway behavior. So after the viral-video genuises sold out the 600-capacity Gramercy Theater last April, Insane Clown Posse have been booked to headline the 3000-capacity Hammerstein Ballroom on their fall American Psycho tour this coming October. “Hell yeah,” said Violent J yesterday about the size upgrade. “It’s gonna be so dope.”
It is a big boost, but then again, the Juggalo tourism industry was booming even before this week’s Third Man shenanigans. And they’ve played the Hammerstein before: one of the last times ICP headlined there in 2000, speedpunk hillbillies Nashville Pussy opened and the redneck-hating Juggalo crowd sat on the floor, backs to stage, middle fingers extended. This time, Psychopathic proteges Twiztid and Blaze are the supporting acts, so the only people unhappy will be the Brooklyn dinks on “ironic” dates whose flimsy identities snap when they realize they actually like this stuff. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but they’ll be here when they are.