Reviews of Kanye’s “Glow in the Dark Tour” have trickled out in the two weeks since it kicked off, and they have, almost unanimously, been nothing short of phenomenal (I say “almost” because Sacramentoans were upset over a little snafu on Kanye’s part…crybabies). Here are some snippets from the reviews:
- The L.A. Times review:
A show that carries [Kanye's] braggadocio into the realm of myth itself, Glow in the Dark raises the bar for arena tours as no show has since U2′s 1992 Zoo TV breakthrough. It’s that innovative and galvanizing.
- Entertainment Weekly review:
Eschewing hip-hop’s buddy system, West is his stage’s sole visible human, and he’s become a riveting soliloquist. Crouching on one knee, broken up, during ”Hey Mama” — or pacing like a prizefighter during every other number — he gets you caught up in his journey to the center of the id and pulls off something rare: an intimate spectacle.
UPDATE: So it seems as though Kanye may have disagreed with my assessment of Entertainment Weekly’s review of the tour; today he posted an entry on his blog entitled “FUCK ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY I’M SICK OF YALL SHIT!!!,” where he, um, criticized the magazine’s staff for their “B+” review of the tour:
You know what, fuck you and the whole fucking staff!!! I know I shouldn’t dignify this with a comment, but the reviewer threw a jab at all the artists. I just wanna know when was the last time you enjoyed yourself. If you can’t have fun and lose yourself at this tour it’s a good chance you’re a very miserable person. I actually feel sorry for you guys. Your job forces you to not have fun anymore. Grab a drink, holla at some nice girls, and party bitch!! You don’t know shit about passion and art. You’ll never gain credibility at this rate. You’re fucking trash! I make art. You can’t rate this. I’m a real person. I’m not a pop star. I don’t care about anything but making great art. Never come 2 one of my shows ever again, you’re not invited and if you see me…BOW!! This is not pop, it’s pop art!
So I guess we should forget about #2 on this list.
- The Seattle Times review:
It was a magnificent, thrilling, uplifting, sensory experience, unlike any other pop concert before it. West has rethought the whole idea of live performance, from the staging to the lighting to the overall message. He took the excited, involved, constantly moving young crowd on an out-of-this-world journey, to Planet Kanye and back.
Kanye and his Glow in the Dark Tour will be at Madison Square Garden on May 13th, and I will be there if I have to sell a teste to get a ticket.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please let me know if you know anyone looking to trade tickets for teste(s).