Review: The Saint Pablo Tour hits Van Andel

Review: The Saint Pablo Tour hits Van Andel

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Kanye West performs at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Karsen Leek – Collegiate Staff

Tuesday night rapper Kanye West filled up the Van Andel Arena with fans young and old for his Saint Pablo Tour and took his sweet time taking the stage.

Doors opened at approximately 8 p.m., but West did not make it to the stage until about 9:30 p.m. In the meantime there were no opening acts or a hype crew, only a unique looking stage set up, fog lights and eerie noises that filled up the arena.

Although the arena seemed to fill as the hour and a half wait dragged on, there were still patches of empty seats and plenty of room in general admission.

When West finally decided to take the stage, fans decided it was worth the wait. He appeared on stage and was hovering back and forth on a black platform and shining a dimming orange light over sea of general admission fans. But for us higher up in the stands, it painted a picture as if West was trying to appear godly by shining down onto fans.

The show was an interesting mixture of old hits from past albums such as “Graduation”  and songs from his latest album, “The Life of Pablo.”

As fans became more excited,Van Andel Arena security tried to block the General Admission fans from entering underneath the hanging stage. West, in the name of his art, very vocally refused to continue on with the show until guards dispersed, letting fans roam freely under the the stage claiming that “the whole point is so they can go wherever they want.”

Overall, The Saint Pablo Tour was as interesting as you’d expect a Kanye concert to be. West is the perfect combination between genius artist and egotistical maniac. But who wouldn’t have a big ego when an arena full of fans can rap all your songs new and old with you?

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