Kanye West played the Glastonbury music festival during the weekend. Although he didn’t get booed off stage or have urine thrown at him, Mr. West definitely divided opinion. Metro reported on Kanye’s performance.
“The rapper got off to a strong start with his set, which featured Golddigger, N***as In Paris and New Slaves, but critics claimed an interlude involving Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and a series of Auto-Tuned ballads was ‘self-indulgent’ before he recovered the set with some crowd-pleasing hits.”
Many concertgoers weren’t impressed with Kanye West’s performance of the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Adam Lambert, who joined Queen on stage last summer, slammed West for his performance of the song. Gossip Cop quotes Adam Lambert from Twitter.
“OYE VEY Kanye, That Bohemian Rhapsody at Glastonbury though… Ouch.”
Gossip Cop notes that when Adam Lambert sang the song last summer with remaining Queen members, his version was very well received. They said that West struggled to hit the high notes, which led him to having the audience sing along on certain parts.
Out of all the reviews for Kanye’s show, Consequence of Sound gave the most praise. They said that not only did Kanye West silence the critics with his “earth-shattering” Glastonbury performance, but he had the crowd singing along as well. Other reviews had the crowd hissing from boredom, but there were not a chorus of people booing as expected.
Kanye West certainly didn’t win himself any favors by declaring himself the biggest rock star in the world. According to the Independent, The Who took offense to Kanye’s latest ego massaging.
“Keen to reassert their status, The Who told the audience: ‘We’re going to make a big f***ing rebellion; yeah, who’s the biggest rock star in the world?’, before Townshend gave an impressive guitar solo.”
The Independent goes on to note that the band was like Kanye in that they repeatedly complained about the sound by shouting to the backstage sound people. Like Kanye West, The Who has always been known for their temper tantrums.
It appears that Kanye West’s Glastonbury appearance did nothing to hurt or help his brand. Still, that’s better than what a lot of people predicted. Kanye West can now concentrate on putting the finishing touches to his upcoming album SWISH, which hip hop artist Travis Scott says is brilliant. Are you excited about Kanye West’s new album? Let us know in the comments section.
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