Kanye West Sets ’808s & Heartbreak’ Concert in Los Angeles
Kanye West will revisit his 808s & Heartbreak next month when the rapper takes to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to perform his groundbreaking 2008 album. While West hasn’t formally announced the surprise concert, a listing for the September 25th show popped up on Ticketmaster (via Complex). A ticket pre-sale for the concert will take place on August 31st, with the general on-sale to follow on September 4th.
Details of the gig remain scarce, and the Hollywood Bowl’s calendar page has not yet been updated to reflect the one-off 808s & Heartbreak performance. Recorded soon after both the death of West’s mother Donda and the rapper’s broken engagement to his then-longtime girlfriend, the album relied heavily on Auto-Tune, cold synths and soul-bearing lyrics, a complete stylistic shift from West’s arena-rap LP Graduation the previous year.
Although 808s & Heartbreak didn’t receive the near-universal acclaim that usually greets each new West release, the album has grown in stature in ensuing years as artists like Drake, Future and the Weeknd continue to mine the LP’s innovative mix of hip-hop and chilly R&B.
While some 808s & Heartbreak tracks remain staples at West’s concerts seven years after its release – “Heartless,” “Say You Will,” “Coldest Winter” and, to a less frequent degree, “Love Lockdown” – most of the album’s cuts have vanished from West’s live repertoire. Opener “Welcome to Heartbreak” and “RoboCop” both haven’t been performed since 2009, while “Street Lights,” “Paranoid” and “Amazing” were each played live less than 10 times before getting axed. According to setlist.fm, 808s‘ “Bad News” has never even been performed live by West.