Kanye West kicks off ‘Yeezus Tour’
It’s been five years since Kanye West has embarked on a solo tour, so no one was sure what to expect at the opening leg of his 'Yeezus Tour' last night.
Not only has the rapper become a father to daughter North West this year, but he’s also dropped one of the most successful albums of his career to date (we've got it on repeat at MTV HQ).
Kicking things off in Seattle last night, the rapper played a 27-song, two hour set, with support act Kendrick Lamar opening the show.
Things didn’t go ahead without a glitch however, with the show starting two hours late after an equipment truck was reportedly stolen.
“In case anyone wondering why we're late starting in Seattle. A truck was stolen last night,” tour producer Mike Dean tweeted. “Patience. All is well.”
Fans weren’t the only ones left in anticipation, with Ye's girlfriend Kim Kardashian posting a photo of the stage on Instagram captioned: “can’t wait for tonight #YezzusTour."
The setback didn’t stop Kanye from giving an exhilarating performance, opening the show with a song from his latest album ‘On Sight.’
Playing an extensive range of material from his previous albums, the rapper finished the show with a bang, performing hit songs ‘Jesus Walks,’ ‘Flashing Lights,’ ‘All of the Lights’ and ‘Bound 2.’
The stage was set with an elaborate mountain which stood over 10 metres tall, where Kanye spent part of the show triumphantly singing from. An equally large video screen was perched above the mountain showcasing a spectacle of visuals – some which include animations of Kanye himself.
Joined by back-up dancers for parts of the performance, Yeezy was also accompanied by a Jesus Christ look-alike at one point during the show. The impersonator came out on stage just before the song ‘Jesus Walks,’ and asked the rapper to help him wake the dead.
This isn’t the first time Kanye has impressed with his highly-structured set designs and choreography, he wowed fans back in 2008 with his 'Glow in the Dark World Tour' – where he performed from an angled stage with a space-themed backdrop behind him.
The ‘Yeezus Tour’ is set to continue through the US until December, with the next show re-scheduled for October 31 in Vancouver due to "unforeseen circumstances."
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— Paige Ahearn