AFTER THREE LONG YEARS I AM ELATED TO SAY KANYE WEST IS COMING TO NASHVILLE TONIGHT TO SHOWCASE HIS LATEST TOUR THE SAINT PABLO TOUR AND YOURS TRUELY WILL BE IN THE HOUSE! Our editor has never missed a Kanye West show since the start of his career! We hope Kim K and entourage will be in the house!
According to the Tennessean this is what you can expect tonight:
SETLIST FOR CONCERT:
“Father Stretch My Hands”
“I Don’t Like (Remix)”
“I Miss the Old Kanye”
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
“Blood on the Leaves”
“Devil in a New Dress”
“All Falls Down”
“All of the Lights”
“Niggas in Paris”
“Ultra Light Beam” Interlude
Love him or hate him — to use a phrase that seems to follow West around — the 39-year-old is one of the most famous music-makers in the world, and when he has a microphone, the world listens, either out of interest, contempt or morbid curiosity.
West will take the microphone in Nashville for the first time in nearly three years on Saturday, as his ambitious “Saint Pablo” tour stops at Bridgestone Arena
Somewhere in the middle of those 30-plus songs — typically during the tune “Runaway” — comes a moment Kanye fans (and the media) have come to expect. You might call it a monologue, or alternately, a rant. Whatever it is, it usually lasts around ten minutes and is an unfiltered glimpse into West’s state of mind. The last time he was in Nashville, he called out Nike CEO Mark Parker after signing a deal to make shoes with Adidas.
“I’m going to create more than you think that any musician in the history of time ever could have,” he proclaimed.
Last week, he had frequent collaborator Kid Cudi in his crosshairs. Cudi insinuated on Twitter that West was among the “fake ones” for using multiple co-writers on his songs. During a concert in Tampa, Florida, West told instructed Cudi to “never mention (his) name.”
“Respect the god,” he added.
Even if you can’t stand West, it might be hard for you to look away from his latest concert innovation: the flying stage. While countless pop stars have floated over the crowd in small contraptions for years, West’s show marks the first time an entire stage is constantly suspended over the audience, and it’s his home for the full length of the show. A sea of fans stand underneath the stage on the arena floor, and they have the freedom to follow the West around as the stage travels through the arena, or use the surrounding lights and speakers to host their own dance circles and mosh pits directly under the stage, with West out of view.
“The whole concept of this is to go anywhere you want,” he told his audience on the first stop of the tour.
West has been performing more than 30 songs a night on this current tour, and a large portion stem from his most recent release “The Life of Pablo.” That album was released in February, but was continually revised with new mixes and alterations for months — an unprecedented move for such a high-profile release. Elsewhere, he picks favorites from each of his albums, which stretches back to 2004’s “College Dropout.” There will be more than a few attendees at Saturday’s show who’ve never known a world without West in the spotlight. West’s prodigious output has earned him 22 Grammy awards to date.
Whether Nashville likes it or not, it’s a town that tangentially factors into West’s legend. Five years before he met Taylor Swift, it was another Nashville star that made West cause a scene at an awards show. Gretchen Wilson beat him for Best New Artist at the 2004 American Music Awards, and West told reporters, “I was definitely robbed…I was the best new artist this year.”
In 2008, he frustrated quite a few concertgoers at the Bonnaroo festival when he didn’t hit his stage until after 4 a.m., and his 2014 return wasn’t quite the redemption the festival was hoping for.
And of course, there’s Taylor. It took years for West and Swift to repair their relationship after he stole the microphone from her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. They had just patched things up when West released “Famous,” on which West declared he “made that ____ famous.” The two have been battling throughout the year over whether or not Swift approved the song ahead of its release, and after West released a video for the song featuring a nude sculpture of Swift, their relationship is messier than ever.
If You Go
Kanye West performs at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway) on Saturday, September 24. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $29.50 – $114.50.