Watch Kanye West’s first ever live performance of 808s & Heartbreak album

Watch Kanye West’s first ever live performance of 808s & Heartbreak album

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Kanye West 808s Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West was joined by a string orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in LA last night, as the rapper’s much-anticipated tour of his 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak kicked off.

During the show, which saw guest slots from album contributors Mr Hudson, Kid Cudi and Young Jeezy, Kanye played the album track Bad News live for the first time ever.

Watch fan footage of the Bad News performance here:

As well as that first ever airing, the gig saw Kanye play several other 808s tracks that hadn’t been performed live for over a decade.

It wasn’t all so triumphant though, as Kanye suffered numerous technical difficulties that cost the show momentum.

Reports on social media suggested that Kanye snapped: “stop the track” at one point, at stated that the gig was “the best dress rehearsal I’ve ever had.”

Here’s the full tracklist of the show, along with the lengths of time it has been since each song was last played live (courtesy of CoS):

Say You Will
Welcome to Heartbreak (with Kid Cudi) (First time performed since March 20, 2009)
Heartless
Amazing (with Young Jeezy) (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Love Lockdown (First time performed since October 26, 2013)
Paranoid (with Mr Hudson) (also with Kid Cudi; First time performed since November 23, 2010)
RoboCop (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Street Lights (First time performed since November 17, 2013)
Bad News (First time ever performed)
See You In My Nightmares (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Coldest Winter
Pinocchio Story (First time performed since September 16, 2011)

Watch more fan footage of the show:

Say You Will

Welcome to Heartbreak ft. Kid Cudi

Love Lockdown

RoboCop

Kanye West is set to play his second show at the Hollywood Bowl tonight (Saturday 26 September).

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