Outkast Wraps Up Reunion Tour at Voodoo Fest

Courtesy of bestofneworleans.com
Courtesy of bestofneworleans.com

Last night, Outkast performed the last set of their reunion tour. The show appropriately took place at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, and most fans arrived decked out in their Halloween costumes to show their support. Outkast members Andre 3000 and Big Boi drew a turnout much bigger (and sooner) than anticipated, with fans flocking to the stage at the end of Slayer’s set almost a full hour before the Atlanta-based duo was scheduled to hit the stage.

Once in front of the crowd, they kicked off the show with their 2000 single “B.O.B,” after wishing the audience members a happy Halloween. Throughout the tour, Andre 3000 rocked a white bobbed wig and sunglasses, but the accessory that seemed to generate the most commentary was his signature black jumpsuit. The rapper sported the jumper at every show with a different, seemingly random, message displayed across the front in white lettering for each night of the tour. For the final set, his jumpsuit read, “I don’t know what else to say.” Big Boi got a little nostalgic, wearing a jacket with the name of the duo’s 2000 album, Stankonia, written across the front.

Andre 3000 took the time between songs to express his appreciation for their fans, stating, “I want to thank y’all for staying down with us for 20-plus years. It don’t even seem that long, but we didn’t get here by talking y’all to death so we ain’t going to talk y’all to death tonight.” Big Boi added, “What a great way to end the year. Today is the 14th anniversary of Stankonia.”

Fellow Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Sleepy Brown joined the two on stage for quite a few songs, namely “The Way You Move,” a single off of Big Boi’s portion of their split album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The crowd went crazy for performances of other popular singles of theirs, including “Ms. Jackson,” “Hey Ya,” and “Roses.”

Outkast wrapped up the concert with a performance of the song “The Whole World” off of their debut compilation album Big Boi and Dre Present…Outkast. They segwayed into it by explaining that their music is intended to be universal, and stated, “We are the one and only Outkast. We don’t do this shit for black people, we don’t do this shit for white people. We don’t do this shit for gay people, we don’t do this shit for straight people. We do this for the whole world.”

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