Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
April 8, 2003
Get Rich or Die Tryin' The Tour
with Special Guest Clipse
|SHOW DATE: Tuesday, April 8 • 7:30pm|
|When rapper 50 Cent brought his Get Rich or Die Tryin' tour to Morgantown (instead of Pittsburgh, by the way) his CD with the same title was year's biggest seller, with over 2 million copies. His single, "In Da Club," was No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. He was the most-played rapper on the radio and in the clubs and his single "Wanksta" was featured on the soundtrack of the film "8 Mile."
A sold-out crowd of just less than 9,000 packed the Coliseum for the concert on a Tuesday night. The sibling hip-hop duo Clipse opened the show with the most popular songs from their album "Lord Willin'," which included "Ma I Don't Love Her," and "Grindin'."
After a lengthy break and a request from backstage for the crowd to "make some noise," 50 Cent took the stage wearing his signature bulletproof vest and performed "U Not Like Me." The "Daily Athenaeum" review noted that "his stage presence from this song to the last one was dynamic."
That dynamic performance included a climb onto the stage speakers and making his way into the crowd. It was an unforgettable show.
|First day ticket sales at the Mountainlair Box Office were done by Random Number Distribution to discourage fans from camping out overnight to be first in line. Each ticket buyer was issued a number and one of those numbers was then randomly drawn to determine who would be first in line to purchase tickets. The ticket line was so long that it snaked up the grand staircase and onto the 2nd floor of the Mountainlair.|