Glow in the Dark Tour

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Glow in the Dark Tour
Kanye West Glow in the Dark Tour poster.jpg
Tour by Kanye West
Start date April 16, 2008 (North America)
End date December 7, 2008 (Australia)
Legs 5
Shows 34 in North America
16 in Europe
4 in Latin America
3 in Asia
5 in Oceania
61 in total
Kanye West concert chronology
Touch the Sky Tour
(2005)
Glow in the Dark Tour
(2008)
Fame Kills: Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga
(2009–10)
(canceled)

The Glow in the Dark Tour is a critically acclaimed world concert tour by Kanye West featuring Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D, and Nas. It began on April 16, 2008 in Seattle, Washington and travelled to Latin America, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia through to early December. The tour featured some surprise special guest artists, including Gnarls Barkley and Jay-Z. Chris Brown also appeared at some shows to perform his remix of "Umbrella" with Rihanna, and as a dancer for N.E.R.D. For the New Zealand and Australian leg of the tour special guests Nas and New Zealand rapper Scribe replaced Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D, as N.E.R.D toured these countries separately. Vanness Wu performed as the opening act on the Asian leg of the tour and performed "Good Life" with West during the show. A same titled book authored by Kanye West with photography by Nabil Elderkin was published by Rizzoli USA in October 2009. The tour grossed 30.8 million from 49 shows.[1]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Notes
North America
April 16, 2008 Seattle United States KeyArena
April 18, 2008 Sacramento ARCO Arena
April 19, 2008 San Jose HP Pavilion
April 20, 2008 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
April 21, 2008 Los Angeles Staples Center
April 22, 2008
April 24, 2008 Tucson McKale Center Lupe Fiasco dressed as Darth Vader onstage during the N.E.R.D set.
April 25, 2008 Summerlin Red Rock Casino
April 26, 2008 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
April 27, 2008 Denver Pepsi Center
April 29, 2008 Oklahoma City Ford Center Lupe Fiasco did not perform due to illness.
April 30, 2008 Austin Frank Erwin Center
May 1, 2008 Dallas SuperPages.com Center
May 2, 2008 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 4, 2008 Duluth Gwinnett Arena Chris Brown & rapper Bow Wow appeared as dancers for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 5, 2008 Tampa Ford Amphitheatre Though not part of the set, artist John Legend could be sighted in the tech booth.
May 6, 2008 Miami American Airlines Arena Although not part of the set, artist Timbaland could be sighted in the audience, and was met with cheers when his hit song, "The Way I Are" was played between sets.
May 8, 2008 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena Chris Brown & rapper Lupe Fiasco appeared as dancers for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 9, 2008 Raleigh Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
May 10, 2008 Bristow Nissan Pavilion Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 11, 2008 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 13, 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden Chris Brown appeared on stage to sing a duet remix of "Umbrella" with Rihanna
May 15, 2008 Mansfield Tweeter Center Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 16, 2008 Hartford New England Dodge Music Center
May 17, 2008 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 18, 2008 Scranton Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
May 20, 2008 Montreal Canada Bell Centre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 21, 2008 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 22, 2008 Auburn Hills United States The Palace of Auburn Hills Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 23, 2008 Chicago United Center
May 24, 2008 Chris Brown and rapper Common appeared as dancers for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 25, 2008 Fargo Fargodome
May 26, 2008 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 27, 2008 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 29, 2008 Edmonton Rexall Place Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 30, 2008 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome Chris Brown appeared on stage to sing a duet remix of "Umbrella" with Rihanna and as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
June 1, 2008 East Rutherford United States Giants Stadium Kanye performed without Rihanna, N.E.R.D, or Lupe at Hot 97's Summer Jam. Although Rihanna was billed as appearing, she no showed the event. Kanye performed 7 songs on a modified Glow in the Dark Tour set.
June 2, 2008 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
June 3, 2008 Portland United States Rose Garden
June 5, 2008 Reno Reno Events Center
June 6, 2008 San Jose HP Pavilion
June 7, 2008 Los Angeles Staples Center
June 8, 2008 Glendale Jobing.com Arena
June 9, 2008 West Valley City The E Center
June 11, 2008 Minneapolis Target Center
June 12, 2008 Moline i Wireless Center A sign posted outside the performance center stated that N.E.R.D would not be performing, which enraged audience members when Rihanna mentioned it during her set.
June 14, 2008 Manchester Bonnaroo Music Festival Kanye appeared alone, but used a modified Glow in the Dark Tour set (as he did at Hot 97's Summer Jam). He took the stage 2 hours after his posted time, which outraged fans.
July 25, 2008 Stratford-Upon-Avon United Kingdom Global Gathering Festival
August 1, 2008 Cincinnati United States U.S. Bank Arena Ticketmaster had a note stating that Rihanna would not perform at this show
August 2, 2008 Chicago Grant Park Lupe Fiasco only, 1 hour set before Rage Against The Machine
August 3, 2008 Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails headlined the final night of Lollapalooza.
August 5, 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden Only N.E.R.D and Lupe Fiasco were guests for this show. G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence could be sighted in the audience. Rapper Busta Rhymes briefly joined N.E.R.D. during their set.
August 6, 2008 Lupe Fiasco was the only guest scheduled for this show, however N.E.R.D performed anyway, but they performed first so they could fulfill other obligations. Also Jay-Z made a special on-stage appearance singing "Jockin' Jay-Z (Dopeboy Fresh)". The track features Kanye and is produced by him as well.[2]
August 7, 2008 Mashantucket MGM Grand at Foxwoods Gnarls Barkley performed as a special guest opener at this show.[3]
October 17, 2008 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
October 18, 2008 Monterrey Monterrey Arena
South America
October 22, 2008 São Paulo Brazil Ibirapuera Arena
October 24, 2008 Rio de Janeiro Marina da Glória
Asia
October 29, 2008 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
November 1, 2008 Beijing China Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center
November 3, 2008 Shanghai Hongkou Stadium
Europe
November 8, 2008 Belfast United Kingdom Odyssey Arena First tour date of the European leg, Mr Hudson Supported.
November 9, 2008 Dublin Ireland RDS Simmonscourt Santogold, Mr Hudson & The Library and Consequence supported.
November 11, 2008 London United Kingdom O2 arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold and Syren supported. Estelle performed American Boy with Kanye.
November 12, 2008 Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold, Kid Cudi, Consequence and Syren supported. Estelle performed American Boy with Kanye.
November 13, 2008 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Melanie Fiona, Kid Cudi, Consequence and Tony Williams Supported.
November 14, 2008 Sheffield Sheffield Arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Melanie Fiona, Kid Cudi, Consequence and Tony Williams Supported.
November 15, 2008 Birmingham LG Arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Kid Cudi, Consequence, Melanie Fiona, Santogold supported.
November 16, 2008 Glasgow SECC Mr Hudson & The Library, Kid Cudi, Consequence, Melanie Fiona, Santogold supported.
November 17, 2008 Manchester MEN Arena Kid Cudi, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona, Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold
November 19, 2008 Oberhausen Germany Arena Oberhausen Das Labor, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona, Mr Hudson & The Library
November 20, 2008 Paris France Bercy The Roots as Opening Act, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona, Mr Hudson & The Library
November 21, 2008 Brussels Belgium Forest National Consequence with Tony Williams, Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold supported
November 24, 2008 Prague Czech Republic O2 arena Cancelled
November 26, 2008 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Mr Hudson, Santogold supported
November 28, 2008 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
November 29, 2008 Vienna Austria Prater Dome Private Concert
Australia/New Zealand Leg
Support acts for this leg were Nas, Scribe, Kid Cudi and Consequence.
December 1, 2008 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
December 2, 2008 Wellington TSB Arena
December 5, 2008 Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
December 6, 2008 Sydney Acer Arena
December 7, 2008 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Tour controversies[edit]

Rihanna on the tour

Sacramento/Seattle mix-up[edit]

A brief controversy emerged when during his performance in Sacramento, West accidentally referred to the city as Seattle, the latter of which he performed in only two days prior. West quickly admitted his mistake and made an apology to fans on his official blog.[4]

Rihanna leaves the tour[edit]

Rumors speculated that Rihanna may not be performing at the final 3 shows of the tour. These rumors were validated when Ticketmaster.com listed only N.E.R.D and Lupe Fiasco as guests for the August 5 show at Madison Square Garden; interestingly they listed Lupe Fiasco as the only guest for the August 6 show. Also, on there is a note on the August 1 show in Ohio. The note reads "This event has been rescheduled from June 13, 2008. Due to the date change, Rihanna will no longer be performing at the show. Tickets for the original performance will be honored."

Bonnaroo controversy[edit]

West's scheduled time at the Bonnaroo Music Festival was changed from 8:00 pm to 2:45 am to accommodate the light show for the Glow in the Dark Tour. This marked the first ever late night show on the big "What Stage" in Bonnaroo's 7-year history.[5] Pearl Jam ended up playing 50 mins over their allotted time, leaving less time for the setup of West's stage props for the Glow in the Dark Tour. A message on the monitors stated that the show would start at 3:30. When that didn't happen, the crowd grew restless and started chanting "Kanye Sucks". Once West came out on stage at 4:25 am most people quieted down. The delay was reportedly due to complications in the set up of West's elaborate glow in the dark concept concert after the Pearl Jam set. Graffiti was found throughout the festival ranging from "Kanye Sucks" to "Jay-Z Would Have Been on Time". West later wrote an outraged post on his blog, expressing his anger at the crowd's response and at Superfly's mismanagement.[6]

CRS (Child Rebel Soldier) announcement[edit]

On August 1, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lupe Fiasco finished his set and returned to the stage to cut off the DJ mixing songs. He began hyping the crowd for the following performances of N.E.R.D. and Kanye West; however, he continued afterward with a subtle drop of "and CRS". The announcement seemed quite feasible for a performance as Rihanna has left the last three tour dates. The audience vocally supported the first two artists, while CRS received only minor cheering. After all three performances of the night, many expected the CRS (a trio made up of Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco) to perform at least one song together, but it did not occur.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peters, Mitchell. "Lil Wayne 2008-2009 Tours Gross $42 Million". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Hot right now:    . "Jay-Z Slams Noel Gallagher In New Album Track With Kanye West". Gigwise. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Topic Galleries". Courant.com. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Kanye West". Kanyeuniversecity.com. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Kanye West Late Night Set!". Bonnaroo. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Delayed Kanye West gig angers Bonnaroo crowd". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-06-18. [dead link]

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