WU-TANG CLAN star OL' DIRTY BASTARD made his first post-jail live appearance onstage in New York at the weekend (13JUN03) under his new moniker DIRT McGIRT.

The rapper headlined a launch party for VICE magazine at PLAID, but the gig didn't go off without incident.

McGirt showed up an hour late after a restless, sell-out crowd almost turned riotous as the rapper's entourage stalled for time.

He eventually took to the stage, admitting, "I feel like Elton John. I been locked down for awhile so y'all gotta excuse me. Let's see if I remember how to do this sh**."

McGirt then thrilled his fans with a set of old favourites including BROOKLYN ZOO and GOT YOUR MONEY.

18/06/2003 02:26