Redemption 65 (“Bob & Dennis Lover’s Rock Edition”) took place Friday February 7th @ The Kool Huas (132 Queens Quay E., Toronto). Featured in this Redemption was 2013 World Clash champion Metromedia with Skyjuice on the mic in his blue and white striped Puma tracksuit (two sizes too small-big belly hanging out) and Oliver on the turntables. The Sound performed two sets to the delight of the massive, and Skyjuice was his regular self, boasy, funny, with good speeches and acrobatics. They were overall very entertaining, making everybody laugh and loosen up inside Kool Haus.
Skyjuice first set was cut short due to technical difficulties. He was heard on the mic calling the MC to “deal with” the technically difficulties since he, Skyjuice, was as he put it, “a star!” (LOL). In his second set, Skyjuice introduced Jamaica’s Ras Penco who snuck in a quick performance before Skyjuice played, giving the people an almost exclusive dubplates showcase featuring music from the Studio One days. Skyjuice referred at length to the sadness he felt about the passing of his eldest daughter, Camille Headly, who died in Jamaica of a heart attack Saturday August 31st 2013 at age 34. Stated Skyjuice, “Mi daughter pass on….ah di best pickni mi ever have…mi love her and miss her so much…more dan mi woman at home”.
Performing live at this Redemption was Jamaica’s Lovindeer who performed hits songs “Wild Gilbert” and “Panty Size”. Lovindeer made people laugh when before his performance of “Panty Size”, he stated, “Mi nuh wah no big panty size gal”, before unveiling from his pocket a huge oversize pair of drawazzz (LOL)! Chaka Demus and Pliers also performed, although Pliers seemed a bit disconnected (he kept leaving the stage), Chaka Demus had no problems commanding the forefront. Their show’s highlight was their performance of the classic “Murder She Wrote”. Jr. Kelly was the last artist to perform, and was the most interactive with the crowd, leaving the stage at times to perform from within the audience. This was a fast-moving show highlighted by his two hit songs, “If Love So Nice” and “(Take This Love And) Receive”.