Kanye West Touch The Sky Tour
Last night John, Lotte, Will and I (along with many other Warwickers and Cov'ers) hopped on the train to the NEC Birmingham Arena. To see Kanye West. I wasn't so sure about going with money running low etc. but I would have positively kicked myself for missing out on the opportunity.
It probably wasn't as spectacular as I'd imagined it to be. The Arena I thought was too big and its acoustics was frankly, rubbish. I was sitting so far back in block 9, I'd probably have needed 600mm IS lenses to get a decent photo! John Legend's smaller event last September at the Birmingham Academy was a nice cosy affair. Paul and Dz went to see Kanye in the Hammersmith Appollo in London date last week, which I thought might have been better. But with those "complaints" out the way, time to move on to the good stuff.
I still can't get over the way that Chris Payne (the last man on earth who would listen to Hip-Hop) whisper monotonously and in the most unenthusiastic tone of voice:
I ain't saying she a gold digger, but she ain't dealing with no broke…......... broke
Obviously rappers aren't blessed with the most amazing abilities of inventing literature pieces, but it'll do me sometimes. Actually Gold-digger isn't a favourite track of mine!
The best bit of course (was not the support acts). But the all-female string orchestra. They really put a fresher twist on the music. At one point they were playing Bittersweet Symphony during a short interlude which was great. Kanye does the usual "these songs inspired me as a kid" : which surprising included Take on me! I like Kanye cos he makes me laugh and he has a nice style which seems to be different from the others. College Dropout cracked me up the first time I heard it. Unfortunately he didn't play my favourite song Never Let Me Down (probably because of the lack of Mr Jay-Z and Mr J-Ivy)! All in all, twas a good evening (apart from the unfortunate incident involving the stewards), and we all had a lot of fun.