Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark tour kicked off in Seattle last night and I was there for it (in the 22nd row on the floor)!
The concert started with Lupe Fiasco, but I unfortunately missed him, which was a major downer; however, the rest of the show was enough to more than pick me up and fly me away into space to join Kanye on his magical journey.
Next up was N.E.R.D. with front man Pharrell, which put on a stellar performance filled with enough of their patented hipster hop to get the party started.
Finally (!), the most beautiful, sexy, delicious, talented, scrumptious woman on the planet got on stage: Rihanna. Her set was something to behold: it featured a 80s infused color scheme; colorful, flashing lights; a small dance troupe; back-up singers; full band; and, let’s just say, it was of sexy, yet epic proportions.
She, obviously, closed with “Umbrella” and the lead up was as good as the finish.
And then there was the “biggest star in the universe”: Mr. West.
Kanye’s set was straight out of 2001, he was on a movable platform that was traveling through the universe. The show had a story-line, as well: Kanye was a space traveler trying to get home after a year of being lost – something like that. It was a great concept set that glued all the songs together into one coherent and driven show.
At one point a shooting star comes down to him in the form of a life size, nude doll and tells Kanye that she is a shooting star.
“I’m Kanye West.”
“I know who you are.”
“You’re the biggest star in the universe.”
The shooting star manages to give Kanye’s spaceship enough power to get off the planet he is stranded on, but not enough power to get him home and Kanye crashes for the second time on a “unknown planet.” Jane, Kanye’s on board computer, eventually tells Kanye that “shooting stars don’t have enough power; we need the biggest star in the universe, we need you! You can GLOW IN THE DARK!”
Needless to say, the concert was of epic proportions: the set was amazing, the lighting was BAM!, and the music was supercharged.
My favorite songs of the night were “Gold Digger,” “Stronger,” “Jesus Walks,” and “Hey Mama.”
I don’t know how to explain this show, but it will stick with me for a very long time.
Big thumbs up
Here are a few videos I found on youtube of the show last night (definitely watch the second video, if nothing else):