Posts Tagged ‘concert’

Kanye West Turns ‘808s & Heartbreak’ Into High Art at Hollywood Bowl

Friday night at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Kanye West  let his music speak loudest, leading a rare performance of his 2008 opus 808s & Heartbreak , an eccentric, minimal album now considered among his greatest achievements. 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time For an album built on little more than drum machines and Auto-Tune, West brought what seemed to be a cast of hundreds, including a full orchestral string section, background singers, an electronic band and 14 women dressed in solemn chador-style garments. All were dressed in white beneath the Bowl’s massive clamshell. The first of two sold-out nights, it was a high-profile event, with a gaggle of Kardashians seated by the soundboard, including wife Kim, cell phone in hand. Performing the album in order, Friday night began with “Say You Will,” as West sang to a woman painted gold at center stage, with fireworks to underscore the heat within these sometimes agonized tunes, created before marriage and fatherhood. Amid the blazing electro-beat of “Welcome to Heartbreak,” he questioned the value of material things: “My friend showed me pictures of his kids/And all I could show him were pictures of my cribs.” Kanye was onstage for just an hour and stayed true to the concept, performing 808s & Heartbreak in full and nothing else. There was no encore of hits, no “Gold Digger” or “Jesus Walks.” The night was dedicated entirely to a particular piece of music and a particular point in time, and fans arrived to find printed programs with a “libretto” of lyrics waiting in their seats

Carrie Underwood Announces Surprise Free Concert

Just seven months after giving birth to her first child , Carrie Underwood is navigating motherhood, gearing up to release a brand-new album and plotting the logistics of her latest headlining tour. Amid all that planned activity, however, the country superstar is taking some time to be a bit more spontaneous as she becomes the latest artist to stage a surprise concert for the CMT Instant Jam series. Tonight, Underwood will perform a free show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (she teased the Georgia locale yesterday by sharing a photo of a peach on her socials). Fans who want to attend can wait in line for a wristband at Central Park in Atlantic Station beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET this morning. Doors at the Variety Playhouse open at 7:00 p.m. for the concert. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Carrie Underwood Deep Cuts Previous shows under the CMT Instant Jam banner have been staged by Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Darius Rucker

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