Kanye West's Yeezus tour is coming to Phoenix in December, which means you have less than two months to think about how "I Am a God" is going to sound at US Airways Center. The Phoenix date is set for Tuesday, December 10 -- just after the first wave of dates, which began over the weekend at Key Arena in Seattle. Kendrick Lamar, who headlined his own show at Mesa Amphithreatre, will open for Kanye, because Kanye has not yet figured out how to open for himself.
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The last time we saw Kanye in Phoenix it was his face projected around town in the second wave of "New Slaves" projections. This time we will almost certainly be treated to the rest of him.
In fact, if the show in Seattle is any indication, we will be treated to the rest of him, a large helping of Yeezus' furious minimalism (in a very maximalist live set-up), and somebody dressed like Jesus Christ, which would feel a little on the nose for anybody not named Kanye.
Tickets will start at $45 and go up from there, though not quite as high as you might think for a show that has Kendrick Lamar and our risen Lord as support acts.
This is a short lead time for a US Airways show -- Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé have been scheduled for the same week for months now -- but given latter-day Kanye's propensity for announcing things in ALL-CAPS on Twitter right before they happen his business people probably had to twist his arm to push the on-sale date for these tickets all the way back to . . . well, Friday at noon.
That $45 ticket will get you a spot in the upper level of US Airways Center; if you want to stand mountain-side for the resurrection you can expect to pay -- you can expect the face value of your ticket to be something like $135.
Given the relative infrequency with which Kanye tours at this point -- and just how little he needs to tour, if you're the prognosticating type -- that doesn't seem like such a bad deal. Justin Timberlake and Beyonce might be the more natural showmen, but going to their shows is much less likely to land you in the background of some shakycam TMZ footage after somebody with an iPhone catches Kanye projecting the "New Slaves" video onto Jesus' robes.
Notable setlist spoilers: Based on setlist.fm's listing for his Key Arena show over the weekend, particularly casual Kanye fans might find themselves lost for a while -- he didn't dip into his first three albums until "Can't Tell Me Nothing," 10 songs in.
The crowd-pleasers were stuffed into an absurd encore -- "Heard Em Say," "Stronger," "Through The Wire," "Jesus Walks," "Flashing Lights," and "All of The Lights," one right after the other.
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