Okay, so this post is already pretty dated considering all the hype about the Watch the Throne concert has passed, but I realized today after talking a coworkers ear off that I had a lot to say about this show.
And since I started this blog to be a music blog and have gotten a little distracted, I figured what the hizzle – here’s a music post 🙂
We missed the first song because I couldn’t find the shirt I wanted to wear so we ran through the ACC to the tune of Otis and 19,000 people screaming their heads off.
I don’t normally go to shows at the ACC. In fact, the last one I went to was Neil Young a couple years ago and before that I think it was the free Our Lady Peace show when the ACC first opened! You can usually find me at the Horseshoe or Sneaky Dee’s enjoying a more intimate show with local bands. Now I finally understand why these big stadium shows are so amazing! Lights! Lazers! LOUD! (overpriced tickets) and SO many people stoked to be there! The energy was absolutely electric!
Remember that time I went to #SchoolBBQ this summer and won tickets to this show? I do! I wanted tickets so badly but was in Algonquin when they went on sale and couldn’t get consistent enough cell service to buy tix in time. THANK YOU SCHOOL! You seriously made my 2011.
I keep calling the concert “Jay Z and Kanye” (which is the opposite of how it was officially billed) because Jay Z was the greatest first and Kanye came second. I kept trying to gauge whether people there were bigger Kanye or Jay Z fans, and it looked to be an even split – people sang danced cheered shouted to all of the songs. Kanye is a performer and Jay Z is a legend. It’s so hard to compare the two.
Jordan and I commented on how funny it was to see all these privileged white kids singing songs like “Hard Knock Life” from their $100+ seats. (Ourselves included.)
Would have LOVED to hear Jay’s thoughts on Ye’s skirt. I was too busy praying this never becomes a trend to be impressed by it. At least Jay looked normal (read: hot).
(image courtesy of fashionindie.com)
I kept waiting for some sort of brotherly interaction on stage, but the entire time it seemed like the two kept their personas and performances completely separate. Even when they were on stage performing a song together, there didn’t seem to be a connection between the two.
…Until the encore. Then there seemed to be a lot more interaction between the two. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much when they lost the crowd interaction and people started walking out. Maybe everyone was tired of dancing for 2.5 hours non-stop, or maybe it was because after ending the show with “N****’s in Paris” twice, their encore was the same song…4 more times. I left really unimpressed with the ending, as did just about everyone else. I’ve been to a LOT of shows and I have never, ever, in my entire concert-going life, seen a song repeated even ONCE. What were you guys thinking?!
OMG lazeerrrrrs. Pew pew pew! Okay, okay. I admit. I had an amazing time, despite the lame encore.
There was even a live bass line and keyboard for some of the songs! That really impressed me for some reason.
Did you Watch The Throne? What did you think?