Seven years since its release, Kanye West brought his groundbreaking album “808s & Heartbreak” back to life for a sold out Hollwyood Bowel crowd during the first of two back-to-back shows Friday night. The set included surprise guests, dramatic stage props, and in true Kanye-fashion, lots pf fireworks.
Backed by a symphony orchestra including a female conductor, string section, and eight-person choir, the music mastermind performed his 2008 LP in its entirety and was joined by a long time collaborator, and someone we haven’t seen in awhile – Kid Cudi!
Dozens of half-naked black men stood on stage in front of a two-story-high pyramid-like stairwell, and fireworks exploded over the clamshell stage during songs like “Love Lockdown.” The 12-song set included the first-ever live rendition of “Bad News,” and rarely-performed tracks like “Welcome to Heartbreak,” “Amazing,” “RoboCop,” and “See You in My Nightmares.”
Now, although Kid Cudi was a great surprise, Kanye did not disappoint & had several special guests. Several of the album’s collaborators including Jeezy (“Amazing”), Mr Hudson (“Paranoid”), and Kid Cudi joined the G.O.O.D. Music boss on “Welcome to Heartbreak,” “Heartless,” and “Paranoid.” There was reportedly a mic pack for Lil Wayne backstage, but he unfortunately did not take the stage.
Very pregnant wife Kim Kardashian-West & daughter Nori, Khloé & Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner were all there to support, and Zoë Kravitz was another performer among the celebrities in attendance. “That. Shit. Cray. • Thank you #Kanye • that was a beautiful experience,” said Kravitz.
Check out the full setlist below:
Say You Will
Welcome to Heartbreak (with Kid Cudi) (First time performed since March 20, 2009)
Amazing (with Young Jeezy) (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Love Lockdown (First time performed since October 26, 2013)
Paranoid (with Mr Hudson) (also with Kid Cudi; First time performed since November 23, 2010)
RoboCop (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Street Lights (First time performed since November 17, 2013)
Bad News (First time EVER performed)
See You In My Nightmares (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Pinocchio Story (First time performed since September 16, 2011)
Watch some highlights from night one below.
“Say You Will”
Only wonder what he will do for tonight’s final show.