Saint Pablo Tour

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Saint Pablo Tour
World tour by Kanye West
Saint Pablo.jpg
Associated album The Life of Pablo
Start date August 25, 2016 (2016-08-25)
End date November 19, 2016 (2016-11-19)
Legs 1
No. of shows 41
Kanye West concert chronology

The Saint Pablo Tour was a concert tour by American rapper Kanye West in support of West's seventh solo studio album, The Life of Pablo (2016).[1] The rest of the tour was canceled on November 21, 2016 due to West's hospitalization.[2]

History[edit]

Design[edit]

West seen on the "floating" main stage with the secondary stage shining down above him.

The design of Saint Pablo Tour featured a "first-of-its-kind floating stage" which was composed of a main stage and an auxiliary stage that had an intricate system of pulleys and tracks designed to be connected to the frame of each arena. The floating main stage had lights on the edge as well as on the bottom portion, which would occasionally shine on the audience. The second stage was composed of four rectangular portions which would move and provided ambient light for each song. The stages could then be manipulated to the needs of the tour, incorporating the audience into the experience at each concert as visitors would be able to engage with Kanye West. Each show had three sections separated by two intermissions, with uses of light increasing as the performance progresses. Some of the portions appeared to be influenced by various themes in popular culture, such as the show's intermissions which were similar to Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg.[3]

Tour[edit]

West began the Saint Pablo Tour in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 26, 2016, introducing his new stage design to the public, impressing the attending audience.[4] On October 2, 2016, West cut his performance short at Citi Field in New York City following news of his wife Kim Kardashian West being robbed at gunpoint in Paris.[5] Two tour dates were also cancelled the following week.[5]

Kanye's returning concert following Kim Kardashian West's incident was performed in his hometown of Chicago at the United Center on October 7, 2016, where he arrived on stage an hour and a half past schedule and "made no mention of his wife or the incident, in a show in which he barely spoke to the crowd at all".[5] In San Jose, California during his November 17 performance, West spoke about American politics and stated "If I would have voted, I would have voted for Trump", with some fans booing and throwing items on stage.[6] In Sacramento on November 19, 2016, West performed three songs before he diverted the performance and spoke about Facebook, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé, and then proceeded to walk off stage, later cancelling further dates of the tour due to stress and exhaustion while ticketholders were given a refund.[6]

Set list[edit]

  1. ''Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"
  2. "Pt. 2"
  3. "Famous"
  4. "Pop Style"
  5. "That Part"
  6. "Facts"
  7. "Mercy"
  8. "Don't Like.1"
  9. "All Day"
  10. "Black Skinhead"
  11. "Niggas in Paris"
  12. "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
  13. "Power"
  14. "Blood on the Leaves"
  15. "Freestyle 4"
  16. "Jesus Walks"
  17. "Flashing Lights"
  18. "Highlights"
  19. "Feedback"
  20. "Wolves"
  21. "Heartless"
  22. "Runaway"
  23. "Only One"
  24. "I Love Kanye"
  25. "Waves"
  26. "All of the Lights"
  27. "Good Life"
  28. "Stronger"
  29. "Touch the Sky"
  30. "Fade"
  31. "Ultralight Beam"

Tour dates[edit]

Dates performed[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance Box office
North America[7]
August 25, 2016 Indianapolis United States Bankers Life Fieldhouse N/A N/A
August 27, 2016 Buffalo First Niagara Center 11,238 / 11,678 $844,143
August 30, 2016 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 26,716 / 26,716 $2,439,870
August 31, 2016
September 2, 2016 Montreal Centre Bell N/A N/A
September 3, 2016 Boston United States TD Garden 16,182 / 16,495 $1,512,328
September 5, 2016 New York City Madison Square Garden 37,005 / 37,005 $4,852,888
September 6, 2016
September 8, 2016 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 16,838 / 16,838 $1,786,000
September 12, 2016 Atlanta Philips Arena 16,011 / 16,011 $1,358,087
September 14, 2016 Tampa Amalie Arena 14,027 / 14,027 $1,066,669
September 16, 2016 Miami American Airlines Arena 37,820 / 37,820 $3,150,183
September 17, 2016
September 20, 2016 Houston Toyota Center 14,883 / 14,883 $1,389,472
September 21, 2016 Austin Frank Erwin Center 13,247 / 13,247 $1,243,591
September 22, 2016 Dallas American Airlines Center 16,999 / 21,192 $1,444,680
September 24, 2016 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 18,211 / 18,211 $1,070,994
September 25, 2016 Columbus Value City Arena 14,970 / 18,384 $972,855
September 27, 2016 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena N/A N/A
September 28, 2016 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
September 30, 2016 University Park Bryce Jordan Center
October 1, 2016 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
October 2, 2016[a] New York City Citi Field
October 7, 2016 Chicago United Center
October 8, 2016 Rosemont Allstate Arena
October 10, 2016 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
October 12, 2016 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre
October 15, 2016 Edmonton Rogers Place
October 17, 2016 Vancouver Rogers Arena
October 19, 2016 Seattle United States KeyArena
October 22, 2016 Oakland Oracle Arena
October 23, 2016
October 25, 2016 Inglewood The Forum 97,360 / 97,360 $8,292,767[b]
October 26, 2016
October 27, 2016
October 29, 2016 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena 18,100 / 18,100 $2,107,440
November 1, 2016 Inglewood The Forum [b] [b]
November 2, 2016
November 3, 2016[c]
November 17, 2016 San Jose SAP Center
November 19, 2016[d] Sacramento Golden 1 Center
TOTAL 352,769 / 361,129 (97%) $31,745,967

Dates cancelled[edit]

List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and reason for cancellation
Date City Country Venue Reason
November 20, 2016 Inglewood United States The Forum Cancelled due to stress and exhaustion [6]
November 22, 2016 Fresno Save Mart Center
November 23, 2016 Anaheim Honda Center
November 26, 2016 Dallas American Airlines Center
November 28, 2016 Denver Pepsi Center
December 1, 2016 San Antonio AT&T Center
December 2, 2016 Houston Toyota Center
December 4, 2016 Sunrise BB&T Center
December 6, 2016 Orlando Amway Center
December 8, 2016 Atlanta Philips Arena
December 9, 2016 Columbia Colonial Life Arena
December 11, 2016 Albany Times Union Center
December 13, 2016[e] Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
December 15, 2016
December 16, 2016 Newark Prudential Center
December 18, 2016 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
December 20, 2016 Louisville United States KFC Yum! Center
December 22, 2016[f] Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
December 27, 2016 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
December 28, 2016 Boston TD Garden
December 30, 2016 Brooklyn Barclays Center
December 31, 2016

Reception[edit]

The architectural website ArchDaily stated:[3]

There are few artists, if any, who do as much for the sake of art as Kanye West. ... Kanye West has transformed Stage Design and Performance Architecture, with each live performance now redefining the way we envision and experience the medium, much in the same way his idols, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, transformed their respective fields. The Yeezus Tour was a feat in terms of design and production, but the Saint Pablo Tour is a feat in terms of engineering—and few artists can say they’ve created a transcendent experience that goes beyond what is expected of a “concert.”

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The October 2, 2016 concert in New York City is part of the The Meadows Music and Arts Festival; West stopped the show short due to a family emergency.
  2. ^ a b c The score data is combined from the shows held at the The Forum from 25, 26, 27 October & 1, 2, 3 November 2016 respectively.
  3. ^ West abruptly stopped the show 45 minutes into the set after complaining of hoarseness in his voice and being unable to continue. He had promised those in attendance a full refund as a result.
  4. ^ At the November 19 show in Sacramento, West arrived an hour and a half late after the show's start time, performed 3 songs, delivered a ~30 minute diatribe, then walked off the stage. Golden 1 Center later gave refunds to everyone that attended the show.
  5. ^ Was originally to be held on October 4, 2016 but was postponed due to family emergency.
  6. ^ Was originally to be held on October 6, 2016 but was postponed due to family emergency.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent, James (June 14, 2016). "Kanye West announces Saint Pablo Tour". The Verge. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Kanye West cancels remainder of Saint Pablo Tour". consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "INTERIORS: Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour". ArchDaily. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Reiff, Corbin. "Kanye West Floats Over Crowd in Unique Saint Pablo Tour Kickoff". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Crowd worships at floating altar of Kanye West at United Center". Chicago Sun-Times. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Kanye West 'cancels entire Saint Pablo tour' following stage rant". BBC News. 21 November 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ Box score: