Kanye West Breaks Down On Stage

Published: Sunday 18th Nov 2007 by Sam
PEOPLE.com are reporting that Kanye West broke down on stage during a concert on Saturday. The rapper’s mother passed away just last week. Check out their report:

Only a week after his mother’s death, Kanye West returned to the concert stage Saturday night in Paris, only to dramatically break down in tears, audience members tell PEOPLE.

Nearing the end of the more than 60-minute performance, with the riff of “Hey Mama” beginning, West attempted to introduce the tribute to a sold-out crowd at Le Zénith in Paris, saying “this song is for my mother….” and could get no further.

“He just cracked,” one attendee tells PEOPLE, “He was at the end of his concert and had just started to dedicate the song and then he just lost it completely, crying onstage for five minutes.”

“He said the word, ‘Mother’ and just couldn’t go any further,” Le Parisien journalist Meddy Magloire said. “A back-up singer, the DJ and a guitar player came over to console him. It looked like he might collapse. He just couldn’t continue. He just stood there in a spotlight, crying while the band continued playing.”

After a few moments of stunned silence, Magloire says, the audience of 5,000 reacted by offering calls of encouragement, which grew into applause.

Trying to recover onstage, West restarted the song but was unable to finish. He left the stage, returning after 10-15 minutes to conclude the concert with a rousing performance of “Stronger.”

“He was very nervous, seemed to have gathered himself up, and had a lot of energy,” Magloire says. “He kept shouting out to the audience, ‘I need you… I need you right now.’ and the public was screaming back. It was magic.

Though I feel its kinda soon for him to be performing, I think, reading this, I have a new-found respect for him. The funeral for Donda West will take place on November 20th in Oklahoma City.


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  1. Lina Marie November 18, 2007

    I can definitely relate to his pain I lost my mother but at a much younger age than kanye..He lost his mother and his best friend..He’s gonna need the love of his family, friends and fans to get throught this so very hard time..He’s a spiritual man and he’s got to use his faith in god and know that everything happens for a reason..He should probably stay busy so he doesn’t fall into a deep depression..

  2. Eboni November 18, 2007

    I feel for him too. Relatively speaking, his mom was too young to go. I have nightmares about my mom dying and wake up crying. I am so close to her that even the thought of her dying will make me cry on cue. I feel awful when it comes to my dad, but something about my mother’s death would make me feel like I couldn’t go on. I am so proud that Kanye is doing what he can to make it through; I have so much respect and love for him. I pray that he will be, even if he never fully gets over it.

    I am not trying to be callous or insensitive, but here is the link to his breakdown.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnc0YnOB60k

    Omg, I felt so bad for him I couldn’t even watch the whole thing once I figured out what I was looking at. My prayers are with him.

  3. Anonymous November 18, 2007

    Her name was DONDA, not Dona. SMH.

  4. Angella November 18, 2007

    Damn! I say that is wayyyyyy to early for him to go back on the stage. I was reading this article about his mother’s memorial service that took place on Friday. I might be crazy, but looks like he was still in London at the time. Yes he is strong for showing his mom he can stand up as a man but he still should not be on stage so soon.

  5. Anonymous November 18, 2007

    It’s a damn shame you can tell he loves his mama it’s a shame what happned to her, i’m surprised he performed so soon but i think he just wanted to do something you know focus on something else to try to heal but couldn’t cope, his mum was a big part of his career

  6. Keino November 18, 2007

    Wow, when i read this, i thought about my sister that died… I remember crying when i heard the news and reading this kind of touched me the same place the news of my sister’s death did. I usually don’t cry for any reason but this just reminded me of my sister and I understand completely how he feels.

    He probably thought of his mother and what she would want him to do, continue the show, and not give up. She might not be there physically but spiritually.

  7. Jelena November 19, 2007

    I was supposed to see him perform today in Amsterdam, and i was waiting for this concert for a loooooong time, man i was so mad when i found out his mother had died, and then i received an e-mail saying he was forced to cancel the performance in Amsterdam… I understand completely, and if i was there in Paris, i would’ve broke down in tears too, for sure, bt i’m still sad that i won’t be seeing him today, i was looking forward to this so so much…. :((((

  8. Noir November 19, 2007

    bE STRONG kANYE.my heart cries 4 him cause i luv my mom like he loves his.it’s just tragic.I pray that God heals him and release strength in his family.

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