Kanye West in Sweden
Way Out West

I caught Kanye West's 2+ hour headlining set at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday night, one night after I saw Prince play a 2+ hour set on the same stage, surprise cameo by Kanye included (Prince did not return the favor).

Without comparing setlists, as far as I could tell from memory, Kanye's set in Sweden was the basically the same set he did at Coachella minus Justin Vernon on guest vocals. Everything else was similar - the show starting with Kanye on a ladder in the middle of the crowd, the backdrop, the ballet dancers, the white sheet that covers them towards the end, the costume changes, and even a short appearance by Pusha T during "Runaway" (seriously though, Pusha T went all the way to Sweden for 20 seconds on stage?). Pictures from the epic production are in this post.

Jay Z & Kanye West have added new dates to their upcoming tour in support of the recently released Watch the Throne. The previously announced dates include November 5 and 6 at Izod Center which are now sold out. The new announcement includes another NYC area date (sort of) on November 11 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/19) at 10 AM with a Watch the Throne and VIP presale starting Wednesday (8/17) at 10 AM.

Watch the Throne came out digitally last week and has since broken the US iTunes record for first week sales. The album was released physically on Friday (8/12). You can purchase that on Amazon.

In semi-related news, Beyonce's four-night run at Roseland Ballroom continues tonight (8/16). if you want to learn more about the shows, there's a dedicated Wikipedia page.

Updated Throne dates, more pictures from Sweden, and the video for "Otis" below...

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Jay Z & Kanye West - "Otis:

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The Throne -- 2011 Tour Dates
10/28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
10/29 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
10/30 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
11/01 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
11/02 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
11/03 Washington, DC Verizon Center
11/05 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
11/06 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
11/14 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
11/15 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
11/19 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
11/21 Boston, MA TD Garden
11/22 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
11/23/24 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
11/26 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
11/27 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
11/29 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
12/01 Chicago, IL United Center
12/03 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
12/05 Houston, TX Toyota Center
12/06 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
12/09 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
12/10 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
12/12 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
12/16 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
12/17 Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena
12/18 Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena