JayZ & Kanye West – Rogers Arena – December 17, 2011
What do you get when two of hip-hops biggest ever artists join forces? Probably one of the biggest concert events of the year! JayZ and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne tour wrapped up in Vancouver this weekend.
Debuting on two cube-like stages at opposite ends of the floor like two duelists JayZ & Kayne were greeted with huge applause. The production value right from the first moments showed they weren’t messing around and the audience was in for a treat. Like the reigning hip-hop royals that they are, they held their subject in awe over the course of their 150minute set.
After the opening number, a huge American flag covered the stage as the duo made their way to the front of the main stage. Dropping to reveal two large screens to broadcast close ups of the pair as they got the show underway. Alternating between solo sets with duo performances to bridge the sets the artists seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience, perhaps buoyed by the thought of wrapping up their tour. Plowing through their hits list with: Diamonds (From Sierra Leone), Touch The Sky, All of The Lights, 99 Problems, Mo Money Mo Problems, and to rapturous applause and much singing along, Empire State of Mind.
Throughout the night their combined talents brought many moments of excitement to the crowd. Even though it was a solid 2.5 hours with no interruptions the audience nor the artists showed signs of fatigue and probably could have gone for much longer.