Kanye West Live Review
Kanye West made it to the stage in fine form during Thursdays sold out concert in London...
While many wondered whether the show would go on; Kanye West made it to the stage in fine form during Thursdays sold out concert in London.
Arriving to the intro of Stronger, that faded into Good Morning, West ripped through classics including Touch The Sky, Spaceships, Through The Wire and All Falls Down. Delivering his lyrics with passion and fierce emotion.
Near the end of this highly charged show, only the third since 58-year-old Donda West died from complications after plastic surgery and the first since he buried his mother, Kanye performed his tribute to her, Hey Mama.
Head bowed, lit from behind, with the only time the TV screens on either side of the stage were switched off- he sang and rapped softly his tale of this single mother's lifelong support of her only child. An angel appeared on the screen behind him.
Having become inconsolable when performing it in Paris last Saturday, here he reached the last chorus which includes the lyrics: "Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you. I appreciate what you allowed for me, I just want you to be proud of me."
before momentarily breaking down, Kanye then wiped his eyes and put his head in his hands whilst the audience gave him a standing ovation. "I got pretty far in that song today. I got pretty far," he said proudly.
Past shows have been gripping but the powerful emotions he must be feeling meant that he really grabbed this night by the throat, rapping with a fire and energy that was remarkable to witness.
Tracks which are laid-back on his third album; such as I Wonder and the Coldplay collaboration Homecoming, became edgy and passionate. Lines took on greater, more immediate meaning in the context of his bereavement.
"That which don't kill me can only make me stronger" in the raging electro of Stronger; "When it feels like livin's harder than dyin'/For me givin' up's way harder than tryin'" in Champion.
The only downside of the night was that the rumours that Jay-Z would show up and perform during the show turned out to be false; the only special guest was Common, who is supporting West throughout his European tour but then again Kanye didn't actually need anyone else; he more than delivered by himself
This was truly a concert that was painstakingly thought-out and well-executed. Kanye showed that the days of two turntables, a microphone and half heartedly mumbling on the mic might work for some artists but he is light years aheadwith all 20,000 people throwing up the Roc sign and singing along word for word throughout the show; Kanye most definitely is Stadium Status!