With his latest studio album out, Kanye West is currently on tour, which just so happens to be his first solo tour in five years. This tour, however, is rather different than most, as are most things when it comes to Yeezy.
Zilla touched on the Yeezus Tour a couple of days ago, but I want to go into more depth on the topic and break down the tour thus far – from the supporting acts list to the stage setup, props and the outfits he has been rocking, while, well, rockin’ out in front of the masses.
The Supporting Acts
When you’re buying to tickets to see Kanye West, you’re probably not worried about who is supporting him because you’re buying tickets to see KANYE WEST… Unless it’s Kendrick Lamar (who will support Eminem on his Australian tour next year)! Major points to whoever orgainsed to get Kendrick Lamar as ‘Ye’s supporting act. There’s no question about it, K.Dot is an amazing rapper, and might just be the best lyricist out right now. So for him to do his thing as a warm up for Kanye West, just awesome.
In addition to Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T will support Kanye for his Los Vegas show, and what’s more, A Tribe Called Quest will also support Kanye for two of his New York shows. Kendrick Lamar (for the most part), Push T and A Tribe Called Quest… I’d go see all three as headlining acts. The Yeezus Tour supporting acts are on point. Enough said.
As Zilla mentioned, Kanye’s DONDA presented stage for the Yeezus Tour is an interactive set, which looks cool to say the least. A matter of fact, it’s epic. A white mountain or something? Just look at it below. And sure, like Zilla mentioned, bands such as U2, Iron Maiden and Daft Punk have done shows and toured with interactive stage sets that are out of the ordinary, too. But it’s not seen frequently. Not like this. It’s great. If you’re paying to go see your favourite artist or band, you want it to be a show. Sure, watching them perform is cool in itself and hearing their music is the main part of it all, but visuals are very important, and if the said artist or band has put some time and effort (and sometimes their own money) into a set up that makes the performance a show, they should be commended. So, thumbs up to Kanye and DONDA for the sweet stage set up.
I won’t get into this, but Kanye did have a Jesus look alike for his first show for the tour in Seattle, as well as a choir. I personally didn’t like it, but nonetheless, a Jesus look alike was there. And instead of me going into it, this is what Kanye had to say about it during an interview on The JV Show:
“I had a friend of mine that’s a pastor there as we started discussing how we wanted to deliver it,” said Kanye during the interview.
“My girl even asked afterwards, ‘Is that weird if Jesus comes onstage?’ They’re like, ‘No. We do plays all the time. People play Jesus. You know what’s awesome about Christianity? We’re allowed to portray God. We’re allowed to draw an image of him. We’re allowed to make movies about him. Other religions, you’re not allowed to do that. That’s what’s really awesome about Christianity. That’s one of the really awesome things.”
“One of the things I wanted to get across with that message, is that you can have a relationship with Jesus, that you can talk to Jesus. In the same way as someone can have ‘Jesus is my homeboy,’ that is the way I would express it. In the way I create it is that you can have a relationship with Jesus. You can talk to him.”
“It’s a painting. It’s a sculpture. It’s a moving opera. It’s a play,” he said.
This is where it gets interesting, and it was always going to be worth some words. Kanye is fashion icon in the hip-hop world. From his Nike Air Yeezy to his collaboration with A.P.C., ‘Ye is rather involved in fashion. He goes to Paris Fashion Week, he collaborates with brands and heck, he’s even performed at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show before.
Remember, the Watch the Throne tour? Kanye rocked Givenchy and a leather skirt. Much like his fashion game then, his choice of outfits for the Yeezus Tour is something to discuss. So what has and will ‘Ye be wearing for the Yeezus Tour? Maison Martin Margiela for the most part.
The high-end fashion brand known as Maison Martin Margiela has supplied Kanye with his outfits for the tour. How many outfits exactly? According to the Telegraph, 10 couture pieces and 20 ready-to-wear pieces, with an additional pair of shoes. But that’s not to mention the masks. We saw Kanye first bust out a mask while performing late last year, and now the masks are back again. The collection of masks includes four designs that surprisingly don’t obscure his vision, despite looking like they would. Oh, and of course, Kanye has been wearing his Nike Air Yeezy 2 – the “Red October” edition.
Let’s get to the actually music. Obviously, Yeezy has and will be performing Yeezus. I mean, it is the Yeezus Tour after all. However, most artists, rap artists especially, tour for an album and play a majority of the songs of the album, but not always every song. As Zilla also touched on this, Kanye has been playing every single track of Yeezus for the tour. That being said, there are still many artists and bands who do the same – For example, I did see GZA in Wollongong in 2011 and he performed Liquid Swards in its entirely. It was awesome. Back to my point, though, Kanye is not only performing all of Yeezus, but around 30 odd songs from his entire collection all up – Yeezus, Cruel Summer, Watch the Throne, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, you get the picture. As you would expect, this is no short set, going for two and a half hours give or take.
Some people love Yeezus and some people don’t. But either way, you’re going to hear it all, as well as many other classic ‘Ye tracks on the Yeezus Tour. Again, thumbs up to Kanye. This time for the music performed.
The Yeezus Tour sure is and will continue to be different for its duration. If you’ve already got your ticket to one of the many US or Canadian shows, you’re in for a few interesting hours of ‘Ye, an interactive stage for him to perform on, some left of the field props, masks and, of course, his music.
One last note, congratulations to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, as the two are now engaged after ‘Ye recently proposed.
A complete list of tour date can be found on Kanye West’s website.