Glow in the Dark Tour with Kanye West, Rihanna, NERD and Lupe Fiasco
May 8, 2008
Time Warner Cable Arena
The Deal: Probably one of the hottest shows this summer, Kanye West's Glow in the Dark Tour, featuring Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna and N.E.R.D., popped off at Time Warner Cable Arena last night.
The Good: The people who put this tour together made sure there was a little bit of everything.
• Lupe was the soulful lyricist who was obviously engulfed in his music the way he was leading an imaginary orchestra. He was able to hype it up, though. Of course he did "Superstar," but I think the crowd's favorite (and mine) had to be "Go Go Gadget Flow."
• N.E.R.D. definitely appealed to the folks in the crowd who were hyped up on sugar — their performance made me dizzy with the loud bass and staticky images across the screen. The lead singer must have felt the same way because he fell on the floor, but kept on singing. Some fave hooks from N.E.R.D.: "All the girls standing in the line for the bathroom" and "Hundred dollar bills, achoo, achoo."
• Rihanna brought mad sexiness to the tour — "Break It Off," "Pon de Replay," "SOS," "Please Don't Stop the Music" and "Umbrella." Although most of her stuff I've heard on the radio, I can overlook that because she's hot. And her male dancers were sexy as hell. In fact, Rihanna, if you're reading this, please hook me up with one of your dancers — either one, I'm not picky. Thanks.
• And Kanye West, as arrogant as he may be, brought the inspiration. His performance had a theatrical twist to it (he was supposed to have crashed in his space shuttle onto another planet), which worked well with the songs he gave us — including "I Wonder," "Champion," "Flashing Lights," "Gold Digger" and "Jesus Walks." He definitely keeps it real and is passionate about his music (but I definitely wouldn't say he's a dancer. At one point, he looked like he was sword-fighting or something. Don't try to dance Kanye, please.)
The Bad: So, apparently, Chris Brown made a quick appearance with N.E.R.D., and I missed it. How did I miss it? Well, if N.E.R.D. hadn't brought so many people up on stage with them to "Spaz" out, I might have seen him. And it was a little weird to watch Kanye up on stage by himself. No dancers? Not even a hot chick during "Gold Digger"? I didn't even notice his band until well into his performance. He's definitely full of himself. When the shooting stars told him he was the "brightest star in the universe," all I could do was shake my head. Seriously?
The Verdict: By the time the show was over, I was tired as hell, and my hearing was gone. The show started at 7 p.m. and lasted well after 11 p.m. Couple that with the fact that these four great acts have you dancing in your seat, and you'll understand why I'm dragging ass today. If you missed last night's show, drive to Raleigh tonight. It's worth it.