The thing about Kanye West: he knows how to make an impression. There was the benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief last year, when West’s set was maybe 20 minutes and jam-packed with a rapid-fire montage of hit after hit; it’s like he rushed the stage and threw down full force (possibly to the chagrin of the staunch rockers who just wanted to see Springsteen and McCartney, but whatever). Then there was the headline-grabbing set at Revel in Atlantic City, where he rapped in a mysterious series of ornate masks. And let’s not forget the series of projections around the globe to promote his lates album Yeezus; it was a bit sensational, but it got your attention.
Point being: Kanye is a top-notch performer, and know’s how to get the masses turning his way. Which makes the announcement of his first solo tour in five years an exciting deal – even if Yeezus was, ultimately, more hype than substance, dude has an incredible back-catalgoue to pull from. The tour comes to Philly on November 16th, and while Philly is not one of the cities slated to get an opening set from Kendrick Lamar, there is some mention of a special guest – which, from Kanye, could mean just about anything. Ticket onsale info is still TBA; below, watch Kanye performing “New Slaves” on SNL earlier this year.