Glow in the Dark Tour
|Tour by Kanye West|
|Start date||April 16, 2008 (North America)|
|End date||December 7, 2008 (Australia)|
|No. of shows||61|
|Box office||$30.8 million|
|Kanye West concert chronology|
The Glow in the Dark Tour is a world concert tour by Kanye West featuring Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D, Santigold 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.
Direction, production and lighting design was handled by; Es Devlin, Kanye West, Martin Phillips, John McGuire, and Simon Henwood.
- "Good Morning"
- "I Wonder"
- "Heard 'Em Say"
- "Through the Wire"
- "Get Em High"
- "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"
- "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
- "Flashing Lights"
- "All Falls Down"
- "Gold Digger"
- "Good Life"
- "Jesus Walks"
- "Hey Mama"
- "Don't Stop Believin'"
- "Touch the Sky"
|April 16, 2008||Seattle||United States||KeyArena|
|April 18, 2008||Sacramento||ARCO Arena|
|April 19, 2008||San Jose||HP Pavilion at San Jose|
|April 20, 2008||San Diego||San Diego Sports Arena|
|April 21, 2008||Los Angeles||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live|
|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||ABQ 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||The Arena Gwinnett Center||Chris Brown & rapper Bow Wow appeared as dancers for N.E.R.D's "Spaz."|
|May 5, 2008||Tampa||Ford Amphitheatre|
|May 6, 2008||Miami||American Airlines Arena|
|May 8, 2008||Charlotte||Time Warner Cable Arena||Chris Brown and 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 at Stone Ridge||Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz."|
|May 11, 2008||Virginia Beach||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Virginia Beach|
|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 for the Performing Arts||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||Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz."|
|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|
|May 22, 2008||Auburn Hills||United States||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|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|
|May 29, 2008||Edmonton||Rexall Place|
|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||Only Kanye West appeared alone singing seven 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 at San Jose|
|June 7, 2008||Los Angeles||Staples Center|
|June 8, 2008||Glendale||Jobing.com Arena|
|June 9, 2008||West Valley City||E Center|
|June 11, 2008||Minneapolis||Target Center|
|June 12, 2008||Moline||iWireless Center|
|June 14, 2008||Manchester||Bonnaroo Music Festival||Kanye West appeared alone, and took the stage two hours after the posted time, using a modified Glow in the Dark Tour set.|
|July 25, 2008||Stratford-upon-Avon||United Kingdom||Global Gathering Festival|
|August 1, 2008||Cincinnati||United States||U.S. Bank Arena|
|August 2, 2008||Chicago||Grant Park||Lupe Fiasco appeared only, performing a one-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 appeared for this show.|
|August 6, 2008||Lupe Fiasco was the only guest scheduled for this show, however N.E.R.D performed anyway. Also Jay-Z made a special on-stage appearance singing "Jockin' Jay-Z (Dopeboy Fresh)."|
|August 7, 2008||Ledyard||MGM Grand Theatre||Gnarls Barkley performed as a special guest opener at this show.|
|October 17, 2008||Mexico City||Mexico||Palacio de los Deportes|
|October 18, 2008||Monterrey||Arena Monterrey|
|October 22, 2008||São Paulo||Brazil||Ginásio do Ibirapuera|
|October 24, 2008||Rio de Janeiro||Marina da Glória|
|October 29, 2008||Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Indoor Stadium|
|November 1, 2008||Beijing||China||Workers Indoor Arena|
|November 3, 2008||Shanghai||Shanghai Indoor Stadium|
|November 8, 2008||Belfast||United Kingdom||Odyssey Centre||Mr Hudson & The Library supported.|
|November 9, 2008||Dublin||Ireland||RDS Simmonscourt||Santogold, Mr Hudson & The Library and Consequence supported.|
|November 11, 2008||London||United Kingdom||The O2 Arena||Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold and Syren supported. Estelle performed "American Boy" with Kanye West.|
|November 12, 2008||Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold, Kid Cudi, Consequence and Syren supported. Estelle performed "American Boy" with Kanye West.|
|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|
|November 15, 2008||Birmingham||LG Arena||Mr Hudson & The Library, Kid Cudi, Consequence, Melanie Fiona and Santogold supported.|
|November 16, 2008||Glasgow||SECC|
|November 17, 2008||Manchester||Manchester Evening News Arena||Kid Cudi, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona, Mr Hudson & The Library and Santogold supported.|
|November 19, 2008||Oberhausen||Germany||König-Pilsener-Arena||Das Labor, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona and Mr Hudson & The Library supported.|
|November 20, 2008||Paris||France||Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy||The Roots opened, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona and Mr Hudson & The Library supported.|
|November 21, 2008||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National||Consequence with Tony Williams, Mr Hudson & The Library and Santogold supported.|
|November 24, 2008||Prague||Czech Republic||O2 Arena||Cancelled|
|November 26, 2008||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis||Mr Hudson & The Library and Santogold supported.|
|November 28, 2008||Hamburg||Germany||Color Line Arena|
|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 Bank Arena|
|December 5, 2008||Melbourne||Australia||Rod Laver Arena|
|December 6, 2008||Sydney||Acer Arena|
|December 7, 2008||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
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.
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. 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 "Fuck Kanye" 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.
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