Common Hearts Albuquerque

Who needs a hype man when you have screaming fans?

Common burst on stage at the Sunshine Theater last night and received a raucous ovation from a packed house. The Chicago-born MC was accompanied by a keyboard player and a DJ, and repeatedly professed his love for Albuquerque. One of his fans gave Common a rose as a token of their admiration. He performed a few tracks from his latest Album Universal Mind Control, but the crowd favorites came from 2005's Be. On a couple of occasions, Common freestyled a cappella, dropping rhymes about the Duke City. He gave shout-outs to the Artichoke Café, Central Ave. (it's a great ave.!) and the Frontier. In other Common-related news, when the musician/actor was filming Terminator Salvation in Albuquerque, sources say he frequently visited The Grove. Reportedly, he was polite and amiable.