Hey let me post about seeing Kanye on Sunday before senility sets in and I forget my own name. I saw the last show on the Yeezus tour, and it blew my damn mind. I haven’t seen a concert in probably three years because I was too old for them even in my teens: they are loud, cramped, full of other horrible people, involve standing and being out late. Not things Natasha enjoys. But it would have been impossible not to get into this show. There was a werewolf on stage for part of it. A WEREWOLF.
What I was most impressed with was Kanye’s absolute charisma as a performer, absent the pyrotechnics and monsters. He’s a surprising mix of the ego we all know and love, and a disarming, sweet humility toward his fans that I found utterly charming. He signed Yeezus shoes near the end of the show during a song, and gave his mike away to someone with a Yeezus tattoo. Rewards for those who embrace Yeezus!
Many artists won’t sing the songs they’re known for in concert, or they’ll avoid older hits in favor of singing all the new stuff. Mr. West performed every blockbuster he is known for, including Golddigger, which he intro’d with a very deadpan “I want to sing something that’s very small, probably none of you have heard it, but if you have, sing along, and if you haven’t, shut the fuck up and just listen” before launching into the opening. The humor of it and conviction with which he said it doesn’t come across here, but it was wonderful. “All of the Lights” was probably my favorite of the night, which is when I took the above photos.
Apparently he always does a little Church of Kanye sermon (literally preceded by a procession of his weird flesh-bodysuited dancers swaying incense back and forth and carrying a cross) mid show, where he rants about whatever, and this was just as delightful as you would expect. It began with “I was talking to Oprah the other day” and then just spiraled from there. Of course you were, Kanye.
He’s a good life coach, too! He at one point encouraged us all to “Be each other’s accomplice.”
All in all, I went into the show liking Kanye and came away loving him and having a great depth of feeling for him as an artist. It was a once in a lifetime kind of show.