These Artists Are Performing at Gathering of the Juggalos. Are They Scared?
The hills of Cave-In Rock Illinois are alive this week with the sound of the 14th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos. And while we have no doubt the vast majority of the fans are going to have a great time, we're a little scared for the performers.
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After all, three years ago performer Tila Tequila had rocks and much worse tossed at her, and others like Andrew W.K. have had piss thrown at them. And while plenty of performers get treated great -- and the gig is said to pay well -- one wonders just how much nerve it requires to perform there. We asked comedian Jared Logan, wrestler Paul London and rappers Buckwheat Groats if they're shitting their pants right about now.
Paul London, wrestler
How did you hear about the Gathering?
I don't know. I know ICP because a long time ago, when they came out, it was kind of the rage in wrestling. They came out with JCW: Juggalo Championshit Wrestling, which was just them riffing on matches. But as far as the Gathering goes, obviously it's growing in popularity, which is great for them.
Do you have a particular strategy to ensure the crowd doesn't pelt you with empty bottles of Faygo or feces?
I'm preparing for it by not preparing for it, I find that kind of works best for me. As far as my ninja training and throwing star technique, that's always at the top of its game, so no need to worry about that. My face-painting technique, that leaves a lot to be desired, but what is perfection? It doesn't exist and that's the beauty of the Gathering. Every oddity you can and can not image all mixed together. I've always wanted to be a part of the circus, so this is pretty awesome. There's too much complacency, you need to challenge yourself in someway. That's how you grow, I love that lifestyle. It's really raising the bar and accelerating that.
Were you given any warnings about the Juggalos?
No, not too many warnings. More-so "you gotta do this!" The "Drug Bridge" has been mentioned many times, whatever that says. I've been told you get piss thrown at you and things like that. You just go with it, I love that stuff. One of my favorite performers is Mike Patton, and I recall this concert he did with Faith No More in Spain. People were still throwing things and [Patton] picks up the bottle of piss and pours it on his face and the place erupts. I don't have any expectations, I don't want to have any expectations. I'd rather know as little about it as I can to see what happens. I might get killed, I might get arrested, I might get thrown in Clown Jail. Juggalo Jail.
Is there anything in particular you're looking forward to seeing at the Gathering this year?
I'm genuinely entertained by [Insane Clown Posse]. I remember in WCW, Shaggy got powerbombed on a bus by Mike Awesome and started to slide off it, but you could tell he wasn't supposed to so Mike Awesome tries to grab him and save him in a matter of seconds. It's hilarious!