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The Yeezus Tour was a concert tour by American rapper Kanye West in support of West's sixth solo studio album, Yeezus (2013).[1] The venture served as West's first solo concert tour in five years. Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T served as opening acts on select dates. It had the second highest grossing leg of a tour during 2013, behind Paul McCartney's Out There! Tour.[2]

The Yeezus Tour
World tour by Kanye West
Yeezus Tour official poster.jpeg
Associated album Yeezus
Start date October 19, 2013 (2013-10-19)
End date September 15, 2014 (2014-09-15)
Legs 3
No. of shows 53
Kanye West concert chronology

Contents

BackgroundEdit

After the release of Yeezus on June 18, 2013, rumors begun circulating that West would embark on a solo tour. Co-producer of the album Mike Dean reported that there would be a tour for the album and that he would be a backing producer for the show.[3] On September 6, 2013, West tweeted the word "TOUR" along with the promotional picture of the tour. All of the opening tour dates (of which all are in North America) became available via his official website.[4]

Kendrick Lamar served as a supporting act on the majority of the tour, with "special guests" replacing him on the dates he missed. At the October 25, 2013 show, GOOD Music signee Pusha T served as the opening act.[5] On October 15, 2013, it was revealed that two of the four New York shows will feature A Tribe Called Quest as supporting acts instead of Lamar.[6] These concerts were stated to be A Tribe Called Quest's final performances ever.[7]

Stage and equipmentEdit

 
West performing as part of the tour, with LED screen and mountain visible in background.

West said that the initial idea of The Yeezus Tour came from him thinking about the end of the world, with explosions, fire, mountains, masked beings, creatures and Jesus all making appearances during the show. Vanessa Beecroft, Es Devlin and John McGuire[disambiguation needed] created the scenography with both Maison Martin Margiela and West working together to create fashion pieces and outfits for The Yeezus Tour. The stage used by West also resembled a fashion catwalk.[8] Another influence for the stage setup, according to West, came from the 1973 film The Holy Mountain, a "biblical redemption story". This can be seen with one of the stages main features; a 50-foot high mountain, called Mount Yeezus by some,[8][9][10] that could change its appearance into a volcano. The foot of the mountain then lead to a secondary stage that elevated up to the main stage that was shaped like a triangle and could rise. As part of the redemption theme, the performance is separated into five parts, Fighting, Rising, Falling, Searching and Finding, that feature 12 female dancers that some called "disciples". Above Mount Yeezus, a 60-foot wide circular LED screen was placed along with a custom sound system by DONDA.[8]

On October 30, 2013 while on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying custom-made video screens and equipment for the show was involved in a car crash; the crash damaged the equipment beyond repair. Def Jam issued a statement on the issue saying,

"This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA. As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated. Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans. The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed."[11]

 
West lying on the triangular main stage accompanied by dancers; all shown on a circular LED screen above Mount Yeezus.

The tour picked back up on November 16, 2013, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The missed Chicago and Detroit shows were rescheduled however, the rest of the missed dates were cancelled, Def Jam cites routing logistics as the reason.[12] On January 7, 2014 Kanye West added 9 new dates to the tour, starting on February 13 in University Park, Pennsylvania and concluding on February 23 at Uniondale, New York.[13] In February 2014, dates were announced for an Australian leg of the Yeezus Tour, beginning May 2 at Perth Arena in Perth.[14] However, in early April West postponed his Australian leg until September, using the months in-between to finish his then upcoming seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo.[15]

ReceptionEdit

The tour was met with rave reviews from critics.[16][17] Rolling Stone described it as "crazily entertaining, hugely ambitious, emotionally affecting (really!) and, most importantly, totally bonkers."[16] Writing for Forbes, Zack O'Malley Greenburg praised West for "taking risks that few pop stars, if any, are willing to take in today’s hyper-exposed world of pop," describing the show as "overwrought and uncomfortable at times, but [it] excels at challenging norms and provoking thought in a way that just isn’t common for mainstream musical acts of late."[18] NY Daily News wrote that "the show wasn’t about crowd-pleasing. It was about unyielding beats, hellish textures and a brusque flow, all delivered with an impact every bit as stunning as West’s ego itself."[19]

Set listEdit

This set list is representative of the first performance in New York City. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.[20]

  1. "On Sight"
  2. "New Slaves"
  3. "Send It Up"
  4. "Mercy"
  5. "Power"
  6. "Cold"
  7. "I Don't Like"
  8. "Clique"
  9. "Black Skinhead"
  10. "I Am a God"
  11. "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
  12. "Coldest Winter"
  13. "Hold My Liquor"
  14. "I'm in It"
  15. "Guilt Trip"
  16. "Heartless"
  17. "Blood on the Leaves"
  18. "Lost in the World"
  19. "Runaway"
  20. "Street Lights"
  21. "Stronger"
  22. "Through the Wire"
  23. "Jesus Walks"
  24. "Diamonds From Sierra Leone"
  25. "Flashing Lights"
  26. "All of the Lights"
  27. "Good Life"
  28. "Bound 2"

ShowsEdit

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
North America[21][22][23]
October 19, 2013 Seattle United States KeyArena Kendrick Lamar

NA

October 22, 2013 San Jose SAP Center Kendrick Lamar
E-40
10,557 / 10,557 $670,603
October 23, 2013 Oakland Oracle Arena Kendrick
October 25, 2013 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena Pusha T
Travis Scott
10,183 / 10,183 $748,055
October 26, 2013 Los Angeles Staples Center Kendrick Lamar 28,332 / 28,332 $2,875,505
October 28, 2013
November 16, 2013 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center N/A N/A
November 17, 2013 Boston TD Garden
November 19, 2013 Brooklyn Barclays Center rowspan=
November 20, 2013 A Tribe Called Quest
Busta Rhymes
November 21, 2013 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center Kendrick Lamar
November 23, 2013 New York City Madison Square Garden
November 24, 2013 A Tribe Called Quest
November 27, 2013 Nashville Bridgestone Arena Kendrick Lamar N/A N/A
November 29, 2013 Miami American Airlines Arena
November 30, 2013 Tampa Tampa Bay Times Forum N/A N/A
December 1, 2013 Atlanta Philips Arena
December 3, 2013 Kansas City Sprint Center N/A N/A
December 5, 2013 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
December 6, 2013 Dallas American Airlines Center
December 7, 2013 Houston Toyota Center
December 8, 2013 San Antonio AT&T Center
December 10, 2013 Phoenix US Airways Center N/A N/A
December 13, 2013 Anaheim Honda Center 12,503 / 12,503 $940,846
December 17, 2013 Chicago United Center 30,010 / 30,010 $2,687,476
December 18, 2013
December 19, 2013 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 11,228 / 11,228 $832,947
December 22, 2013 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
December 23, 2013 Kendrick Lamar
Drake
February 13, 2014 University Park United States Bryce Jordan Center N/A N/A N/A
February 14, 2014 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
February 15, 2014 Newark Prudential Center
February 17, 2014 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 6,173 / 7,437 $504,130
February 18, 2014 Hamilton Copps Coliseum N/A N/A
February 19, 2014 Albany United States Times Union Center
February 21, 2014 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
February 22, 2014 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 7,789 / 10,018 $507,157
February 23, 2014 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum N/A N/A
Australia[15][24][25]
September 5, 2014 Perth Australia Perth Arena Pusha T 12,902 / 12,902 $1,421,860
September 7, 2014 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre N/A N/A
September 9, 2014 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 22,635 / 22,635 $2,557,370
September 10, 2014
September 12, 2014 Sydney Qantas Credit Union Arena 22,159 / 22,159 $2,426,320
September 13, 2014
September 15, 2014 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Amaya, David (September 6, 2013). "Kanye West announces the "Yeezus" Tour and dates". Def Jam Recordings. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "McCartney Tops Hot Tours With $40M Gross From Japan Shows; Kanye Lands in Runner-Up Slot at $25M". Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Michaels, Sean (June 19, 2013). "Kanye West will go on tour, says Yeezus co-producer". The Guardian. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Yeezus". Kanye West. September 6, 2013. Archived from the original on September 6, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Q-Tip Hints A Tribe Called Quest Will Play Their Last Shows On Kanye Tour – XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  6. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest Is Set To Reunite For Kanye West's Tour – XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  7. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest Last Show NYC Yeezus". Complex. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  8. ^ a b c "INTERIORS: The Yeezus Tour". Arch Daily. Arch Daily. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Kamer, Foster. "Live Review: Kanye West as Yeezus Christ Superstar in Brooklyn". Complex. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "A Night on Mount Yeezus: The Kanye West Experience". Dead Curious. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kanye West Cancels Tour Dates Because Of Truck Crash – XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Kanye West Announces Revised Tour Schedule – XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  13. ^ "Kanye's 'Yeezus' Tour Rises Again". Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  14. ^ Vincent, Peter. "Kanye West brings Yeezus tour to Australia". Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Vincent, Peter. "Kanye West postpones Australian concerts on Yeezus tour". Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Ringen, Jonathan. "11 Reasons Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour Is Actually Incredible". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Staff. "It’s Happening: Kanye is Bringing the Yeezus Tour to Australia this April". Acclaim Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  18. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley. "Kanye West Makes His Own Artpop On Yeezus Tour". Forbes. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  19. ^ Farber, Jim. "Concert review: Kanye West startles, appalls during 'Yeezus' show at Barclays". NY Daily News. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  20. ^ Jim Farber (November 20, 2013). "Concert review: Kanye West startles, appalls during 'Yeezus' show at Barclays". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  21. ^ North American box score:
  22. ^ Young, Alex (September 23, 2013). "Kanye West adds even more dates to 2013 Yeezus tour". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  23. ^ Special guests:
  24. ^ Vincent, Peter (February 17, 2014). "Kanye West brings Yeezus tour to Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  25. ^ Box score: