The Rogers arena went through a complete transformation on Friday night – from a cold hockey arena to a hazy, sweaty club. Snoop Dogg and his pack of openers made an 18,000 seat auditorium seem like an intimate club. The opener line up of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt, Afroman got the crowd rowdy and to be quite honest a little high.
As the air became cloudier, the anticipation grew and then, the man, the legend, the myth, Snoop Dogg himself took to the stage. Behind him was what could have been the set for a 90’s music video. Girls donned in leather shorts, fishnets and stilettos pole danced while a plush Snoop mascot strutted around the stage. Snoop himself looked classically cool with an oversized old Canucks jersey, black jeans and diamond encrusted sunglasses.
Although Snoop has been doing this a long time he still has the party deep within him. As he shared a joint with someone in the crowd he said “ I wanna have a drink with you and I wanna smoke weed with you. Anybody wanna get fucked up? “ And apparently, everyone did want to to get fucked up.
He played all the classics, “Gin and Juice”, “Drop it Like It’s Hot” and “ Who Am I”. He then played homage to Easy-E, Biggie Smalls and Tupac which really got the crowd going. As he blasted Biggie Smalls he paused for a second and said “If you love Biggie as much as me, sing this with me” and the crowd belted out “Hypnotize.”
The show came to a definitive end with a slowed down version of “Young and Wild and Free”. Confetti erupted over the crowd and filled the arena. Then, Snoop and the gang disappeared behind a wall of confetti, back into the mystique of what is Snoop Dogg. After going through different transformations and names during his career, Snoop brought his original, 1993 version of Snoop Doggy Dogg to Vancouver and showed his fans how to party.