On Friday night, I went to watch The Throne at the O2.
NO. Not that kind of throne, stupids. This kind of throne.
The amazing, the incredible, the outstanding .. Jay-Z and Kanye West throne!
Strengths: EVERYTHING. The two hour wait where we were supposed to have a pre show, believe it or not, was pretty good. The whole crowd got completely hyped, and completely sozzled judging by the queues at the bar and the amount of people security were throwing out. The show started from nowhere. Kanye on the main stage and Jay-Z on the tiny stage in the middle of the arena, both rising high complete with graphics of sharks, random, but awesome.
Who Gon’ Stop Me
Otis – SICK
Welcome to the Jungle
Gotta Have It
Where I’m From
Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator ’99)
Can’t Tell Me Nothing
All Falls Down
Jesus Walks – Didn’t expect it to be so good, but one of my favourites.
Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)
Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
U Don’t Know
Run This Town
Power / Power (Remix)
Made in America
Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem) – Amazing
Empire State of Mind
Heartless – Beautiful
On to the Next One
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
I Just Wanna Love U (Give it to Me)
That’s My Bitch
Touch the Sky
All of the Lights
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong song)
No Church in the Wild
Lift Off (Interlude)
Niggas in Paris
In my opinion, the strengths were most definitely in Kanye’s tracks. I may be bias in the fact I LOVE him (despite the fact what he did to Taylor, I don’t mention that one) but his stage presence and his pure arrogance were just incredible. Strong songs were Runaway and Stronger (funnily enough). FYI I’ve heard on the grapevine that there are still some tickets left for the up north shows of the European Tour, get tickets or get lost, seriously.
Weaknesses: The stage set itself. Pretty basic, but perhaps it didn’t need to be all big and jazzy with fireworks and dancers? Being a dancer myself, I ALWAYS think dancers can amp up a performance, and in some of the tracks they really could have here. ‘Yeah, but then they can’t improv’ I hear you cry. Trust me, good dancers can bop to improv. Not gonna lie, I was half expecting Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Alicia Keys to pop up, so a definite weakness they didn’t! Also Kanye’s ‘If you love someone tonight, you better hold them tight’ after Heartless. Dude, man up, what you on about?
Highlights: When the red lazers spelt out 1D (not gonna lie, pretty funny), the montage of What a Wonderful World of America being obliterated by terrorism and war (very political and poignant, I almost wanted to do the declaration) and the crowd dancing like nutters … pretty much the entire way through.