David Corio


Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
(September 13, 1986)

Run and D.M.C. put on a tough pose but I always felt there was an element of humour in their style. They were instrumental in changing hip hop’s image from the earlier
leather and rhinestones look of Grandmaster Flash to a much more urban fashion statement with the laceless adidas, trilby hats and hoodies. This show was one of the first tours that came through London with several acts – LL Cool J, Whodini and the Beastie Boys all on the same bill.

Run-D.M.C. were promoting their third album ‘Raising Hell’ which was to break them into the commercial music mainstream reaching triple platinum status. It was also the first successful collaboration with a rock act with ‘Walk This Way’ featuring Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry going to number one in the UK charts.