Saw Kanye last night in Bournemouth on his ‘Glow In The Dark‘ tour (shit name, nice execution (my eyes are still burning from the multitude of lights)), and lo’, twas very good. If you’ve been watching my last.fm profile for the past week then you’ll be aware of the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot of G.O.O.D. music lately (read: Kanye & Common) but I was still pretty surprised at the end of a near two and a half hour set that he had so much material. Yeah, I realise he’s 3 albums deep but still, that’s a long time to be on stage. Impressive. Did pretty much everything off the new album (unfortunately including the abysmal ‘Homecoming‘ – why do people like Chris Martin?! Fucking awful), interspersed with all the ‘hits’ from the previous albums. Covered all bases rather nicely. Highlight for me was bringing out Common for ‘Get ‘Em High‘. Super stuff.
Speaking of Common, it was cool to see him too. Would’ve been better with some material that isn’t on ‘Finding Forever‘. Still, nice bit of exposure for an aging veteran. His ‘freestyle’ was fun stuff, although I’m sure he probably said exactly the same shit at every other venue this tour.
It’s the strangest hip-hop show I’ve ever been to (in terms of audience members and the fact that I was sitting) but as the man himself said, it’s not really like any other hip-hop show (‘it’s an insult to me to compare this to other hip-hop shows’). The ‘Hey Mama‘ rendition was rather touching and kudos to him for performing so close to the event; I doubt I’d put on a show a few weeks after my mum died. But anyway, all in all, thoroughly enjoyable.
Only managed a few pictures..