When OutKast played their first reunion set at Coachella last month, there were reports that Andre 3000, away from the stage for so long, seemed tense up there, annoyed at sound issues and at a crowd who could’ve been more excited. Those issues may be getting worse. Last night, for the Adult Swim upfronts, the duo played a small show to an invite-only corporate crowd at New York’s Terminal 5. Reporting on the show for Billboard, writer Jason Lipshutz describes a tense and chilly scene — a crowd who wasn’t paying that much attention, a group who wasn’t any more excited than the people watching them. Lipshutz writes that Andre and Big Boi “proceeded to barely acknowledge one another” during the show and that both of them “often occupied separate parts of the small stage, passing one another at the center but never glancing or smiling during the intersection.” Andre was reportedly more excited to be in the presence of Tyler, The Creator, who was in the audience, than he was about the show itself. This was only the band’s fifth show since their reunion, and they’ve got a whole fuckload of them left to go this summer. This should be fun!
[Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic @ Coachella]