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Kanye West returns to Bonnaroo: setlist + video

on June 14, 2014, 9:45am

In 2008, Kanye West drew the ire of even the most faithful Bonnaroo attendees following an especially disastrous performance, which saw him take the stage several hours late and then eventually lambaste festival organizers in a scathing open letter. So, when West was announced as the Friday night headliner, Bonnaroovians were less than pleased. No stranger to a little controversy, though, West nonetheless took the stage (just six minutes late, no less) to deliver a resilient and triumphant performance.

The career-spanning 21-song set touched on Kanye’s entire discography, including his most recent release, Yeezus. The beginning of the set was heavy in material from Cruel Summer, while Yeezy wrapped up the festivities with classic tracks like “Jesus Walks” and “All Falls Down”.

The set also featured Kanye’s usual stream of consciousness. On several occasions, he addressed the 2008 debacle. “Last time before I got here they had ‘fuck Kanye’ on the port-a-potties. This time we’re going to piss on them,” he proclaimed. Later, he took aim at the members of the press, insinuating that we were to blame for the blowback he encountered following that performance. He blamed Pearl Jam and festival organizers for causing him to take the stage three hours late, and the press for inaccurately reporting the story.

(Read: Is Kanye West finally welcome back to Bonnaroo?)

Elsewhere, Kanye seemed to suggest that the release of new music is imminent. It was hard to understand what exactly he was saying overtop the blaring beat of “New Slaves”, but he appeared to say that a new record is “about to drop”.

It’s also worth nothing that Kanye once again omitted Jay Z’s name during “Cold”.

Check out the full setlist and video clips below;.

Setlist:
Black Skinhead
I Don’t Like
Mercy
Cold
Clique
Can’t Tell Me Nothing
New Slaves
Power
Stronger
Say You Will
Runaway
Run This Town
Diamonds from Sierra Leone
Heartless
Jesus Walks
All Falls Down
Touch the Sky
All of the Lights
Good Life
Bound 2

Encore:
Blood on the Leaves

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abe
June 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

As someone who was open to seeing Kanye and doesnt care for the gay fish and fuck kanye chants, I have to say his show was a massive let down. The volume of his performance was low, much quiter than any headliner Ive seen at roo. His rants were tired and boring. Its part of the show now, no longer spur of the moment stream of consciousness it once was. His stage set up was boring. And his setlist was still missing quite a few of his best songs. C- in my book. Not worthy of a 3rd time on the farm

Larry
June 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

And I was there in 2008. He wasn’t three hours late. I feel like it was a lot more. He was originally supposed to play earlier in the night. Then the day off it got changed to even later. It was a glow in the dark show and he came out and the sun was up. It was like 4 am or something. Forever and always. Bonnaroo 2008 – Kanye Doesn’t Care About White People

We’ve Been There Before
June 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

I was at the show and it was filled with tireless rants and countless interruptions when Kanye would yell to “Cut the music!” then go into a new rant. It was laughable and it didn’t seem like anyone around us we’re taking one word he “proclaimed” seriously. He was a joke and completely out of place.

I will have a review of the sets I’ve seen this weekend at http://www.wevebeentherebefore.com.