Over the course of Kanye West‘s illustrious career, the rapper has almost always polarized the public.
It’s a trajectory that looks set to continue with his ‘Saint Pablo Tour,’ which launched last night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Because, in a bold move, the Hip-Hop titan performed the entire show from a floating stage. Yes, a floating stage.
Pics and clips await below…
@kanyewest is a genius. #SaintPabloTour pic.twitter.com/tTWSfWfRfE
— Jourdyn Berry (@JourdynBerry) August 26, 2016
The self-loving star took being the centre of attention to literal new heights with the unique setup.
For, while many names have dabbled with such technology in a “b-stage” capacity, none of have staged the length and breadth of their show from such a platform.
Time will tell how the other stops on the Stateside trek respond to the move, which ultimately finds West perform above them.
ALL DAY! #SaintPabloTour ??? pic.twitter.com/7bZCiIsMEM
— UTOR (@utorlive) August 26, 2016
As for us, we’re loving the creativity. Yet we can’t help but feel there’s more to the story.
Indeed, while the industry moves at a rapid rate these days, it’s important to remind that West’s latest album (‘The Life Of Pablo’) is the worst performing of his career – following an odd release strategy.
Uncaged in February as a TIDAL exclusive, the set was not made available to purchase traditionally. Instead, its wider release months later simple saw it serviced to other streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
That move facilitated a historic #1 on the merit of streams alone. But, following that victory, the momentum seemed to evaporate. Because, as at writing, ‘Pablo’ has only “sold” 220,000 equivalent album units. Hence, the LP is nowhere near Gold, Platinum, Plastic or Foil.
Put simply, one has to wonder if the jaw-dropping, yet ultimately stripped back spectacle is more about recouping budget than truly upping the live show ante.
Hey, maybe it’s both. What do you think?
Saint Pablo tour has no stage. Hahahah pic.twitter.com/IoglquDmob
— DG (@DGSeason) August 26, 2016
He tries too hard to be edgy. Mental illness.
LOL .. don’t you stan gaga?
I see other artists trying to duplicate this floating stage look, and production people trying to cut the cost by making cheap replicas, and thus going very badly with million dollar lawsuits attached.
Everyone standing under the stage may have to sign a document stating that if they die during the show, that the artist or venue will not be held responsible… LOL
I’m just scared one day it going to fall & crush people..
At least all the concert goers can see their favorite artist up closer or Closer
Riri taught him
I was so nervous for Rihanna when I attended her anti tour. She had the floating run way thing. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt but ultimately didn’t want it to fall and she get hurt. She pulled it off though so hopefully the same goes for his stage.
Stunt queen, he’s really is the new Madonna.
I think this is pretty innovative! Although it’s cool, this will actually be the first show I’d love to be seated in the nosebleed section for!
Bey careful, beyonce will steal this idea.
Phuck! So Sam hates Kanye too! Damn this queen of misery needs to get shipped of to pluto.