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Glow In The Dark Tour
Kanye West Chicago Tour 2008.jpg
Kanye performing at the United Center in Chicago
Tour by Kanye West
Start date April 16, 2008 (North America)
End date December 7, 2008 (Australia)
Legs 5
Shows 34 in North America
16 in Europe
4 in Latin America
3 in Asia
5 in Oceania
61 in Total

The Glow In The Dark Tour is a critically acclaimed world concert tour by Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, N.E.R.D and Nas. It began on April 16, 2008 in Seattle, Washington and travelled to Latin America, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia through to early December. The tour featured some surprise special guest artists, including Girls Aloud, Gnarls Barkley and Jay-Z. Chris Brown also appeared at some shows to perform his remix of "Umbrella" with Rihanna, and as a dancer for N.E.R.D. For the New Zealand and Australian leg of the tour special guests Nas and New Zealand rapper Scribe have replaced Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D, as N.E.R.D is touring these countries separately. For the Asia leg, Taiwanese American singer Vanness Wu performed as the opening act on the Asian leg of the tour and performed "Good Life" with West during the show.

Contents

Legs

North American Leg

Date City Country Venue Notes
April 16, 2008 Seattle, WA United States Key Arena
April 18, 2008 Sacramento, CA United States ARCO Arena
April 19, 2008 San Jose, CA United States HP Pavilion
April 20, 2008 San Diego, CA United States San Diego Sports Arena
April 21, 2008 Los Angeles, CA United States Nokia Theatre
April 22, 2008 Los Angeles, CA United States Nokia Theatre
April 24, 2008 Tucson, AZ United States McKale Center Lupe Fiasco dressed as Darth Vader onstage during the N.E.R.D set.
April 25, 2008 Las Vegas, NV United States Red Rock Casino
April 26, 2008 Albuquerque, NM United States Journal Pavilion
April 27, 2008 Denver, CO United States Pepsi Center
April 29, 2008 Oklahoma City, OK United States Ford Center
April 30, 2008 Austin, TX United States Frank Erwin Center
May 1, 2008 Dallas, TX United States SuperPages.com Center
May 2, 2008 Houston, TX United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 4, 2008 Atlanta, GA United States Gwinnett Arena Chris Brown & rapper Bow Wow appeared as dancers for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 5, 2008 Tampa, FL United States Ford Amphitheatre
May 6, 2008 Miami, FL United States American Airlines Arena Although not part of the set, artist Timbaland could be sighted in the audience, and was met with cheers when his hit song, "The Way I Are" was played between sets.
May 8, 2008 Charlotte, NC United States Time Warner Cable Arena Chris Brown & rapper Lupe Fiasco appeared as dancers for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 9, 2008 Raleigh, NC United States Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
May 10, 2008 Bristow, VA United States Nissan Pavilion Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 11, 2008 Virginia Beach, VA United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 13, 2008 New York, NY United States Madison Square Garden Chris Brown appeared on stage to sing a duet remix of "Umbrella" with Rihanna
May 15, 2008 Mansfield, MA United States Comcast Center (Then Tweeter Center) Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 16, 2008 Hartford, CT United States New England Dodge Music Center
May 17, 2008 Camden, NJ United States Susquehanna Bank Center Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 18, 2008 Scranton, PA United States Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
May 20, 2008 Montreal, QC Canada Bell Centre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 21, 2008 Toronto, ON Canada Molson Amphitheatre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 22, 2008 Auburn Hills, MI United States The Palace of Auburn Hills Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 23, 2008 Chicago, IL United States United Center
May 24, 2008 Chicago, IL United States United Center Chris Brown and rapper Common appeared as dancers for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 25, 2008 Fargo, ND United States Fargodome
May 26, 2008 Winnipeg, MB Canada MTS Centre
May 27, 2008 Saskatoon, SK Canada Credit Union Centre Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 29, 2008 Edmonton, AB Canada Rexall Place Chris Brown appeared as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
May 30, 2008 Calgary, AB Canada Pengrowth Saddledome Chris Brown appeared on stage to sing a duet remix of "Umbrella" with Rihanna and as a dancer for N.E.R.D's "Spaz".
June 1, 2008 East Rutherford, NJ United States Giants Stadium Kanye performed without Rihanna, N.E.R.D, or Lupe at Hot 97's Summer Jam. Although Rihanna was billed as appearing, she no showed the event. Kanye performed 7 songs on a modified Glow In The Dark Tour set.
June 2, 2008 Vancouver, BC Canada General Motors Place
June 3, 2008 Portland, OR United States Rose Garden
June 5, 2008 Reno, NV United States Reno Events Center
June 6, 2008 San Jose, CA United States HP Pavilion
June 7, 2008 Los Angeles, CA United States Staples Center
June 8, 2008 Phoenix, AZ United States Jobing.com Arena
June 9, 2008 West Valley City, UT United States The E Center
June 11, 2008 Minneapolis, MN United States Target Center
June 12, 2008 Moline, IL United States i Wireless Center A sign posted outside the performance center stated that N.E.R.D would not be performing, which enraged audience members when Rihanna mentioned it during her set.
June 14, 2008 Manchester, TN United States Bonnaroo Music Festival Kanye appeared alone, but used a modified Glow In The Dark Tour set (as he did at Hot 97's Summer Jam). He took the stage 2 hours after his posted time, which outraged fans.
July 25, 2008 Stratford-Upon-Avon England, UK Global Gathering Festival
August 1, 2008 Cincinnati, OH United States US Bank Arena Ticketmaster had a note stating that Rihanna would not perform at this show
August 2, 2008 Chicago, Il United States Grant Park Lupe Fiasco only, 1 hour set before Rage Against The Machine
August 3, 2008 Chicago, Il United States Grant Park Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails headlined the final night of Lollapalooza.
August 5, 2008 New York, NY United States Madison Square Garden Only N.E.R.D and Lupe Fiasco were guests for this show. G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence could be sighted in the audience. Rapper Busta Rhymes briefly joined N.E.R.D. during their set.
August 6, 2008 New York, NY United States Madison Square Garden Lupe Fiasco was the only guest scheduled for this show, however N.E.R.D performed anyway, but they performed first so they could fulfill other obligations. Also Jay-Z made a special on-stage appearance singing "Jockin' Jay-Z (Dopeboy Fresh)". The track features Kanye and is produced by him as well.[1]
August 7, 2008 Norwich, CT United States Foxwoods Gnarls Barkley performed as a special guest opener at this show.[2]

Latin American Leg

Date City Country Venue
October 17, 2008 Mexico City  Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
October 18, 2008 Monterrey  Mexico Monterrey Arena
October 22, 2008 São Paulo  Brazil Ibirapuera Arena
October 24, 2008 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil Marina da Glória

Asian Leg

Date City Country Venue
October 29, 2008 Singapore  Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
November 1, 2008 Beijing  China Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center
November 3, 2008 Shanghai  China Hongkou Stadium

European Leg

Date City Country Venue Notes
November 8, 2008 Belfast  United Kingdom Odyssey Arena First tour date of the European leg
November 9, 2008 Dublin  Ireland RDS Simmonscourt Santogold, Mr Hudson & The Library and Consequence supported.
November 11, 2008 London  United Kingdom O2 arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold and Syren supported. Estelle performed American Boy with Kanye.
November 12, 2008 London  United Kingdom O2 arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold,Kid Cudi, Consequence (rapper) and Syren supported. Estelle performed American Boy with Kanye.
November 13, 2008 Newcastle  United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Melanie Fiona, Kid Cudi, Consequence and Tony Williams Supported.
November 14, 2008 Sheffield  United Kingdom Sheffield Arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Melanie Fiona, Kid Cudi, Consequence and Tony Williams Supported.
November 15, 2008 Birmingham  United Kingdom LG Arena Mr Hudson & The Library, Kid Cudi, Consequence, Melanie Fiona, Santogold supported.
November 16, 2008 Glasgow  United Kingdom SECC Mr Hudson & The Library, Kid Cudi, Consequence, Melanie Fiona, Santogold supported.
November 17, 2008 Manchester  United Kingdom MEN Arena Kid Cudi, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona, Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold
November 19, 2008 Oberhausen  Germany Arena Oberhausen Das Labor, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona, Mr Hudson & The Library
November 20, 2008 Paris  France Bercy The Roots as Opening Act, Consequence with Tony Williams, Melanie Fiona, Mr Hudson & The Library
November 21, 2008 Brussels  Belgium Forest National Consequence with Tony Williams, Mr Hudson & The Library, Santogold supported
November 24, 2008 Prague  Czech Republic O2 arena Cancelled
November 26, 2008 Rotterdam  Netherlands Ahoy Mr Hudson,Santogold supported
November 28, 2008 Hamburg  Germany Color Line Arena
November 29, 2008 Vienna  Austria Prater Dome Private Concert

Australia/New Zealand Leg

Support acts for this leg were Nas, Scribe, Kid Cudi and Consequence.

Date City Country Venue
December 1, 2008 Auckland  New Zealand Vector Arena
December 2, 2008 Wellington  New Zealand TSB Arena
December 5, 2008 Melbourne  Australia Rod Laver Arena
December 6, 2008 Sydney  Australia Acer Arena
December 7, 2008 Brisbane  Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Tour Controversy

Sacramento/Seattle mix-up

A brief controversy emerged when during his performance in Sacramento, West accidentally referred to the city as Seattle, the latter of which he performed in only two days prior. West quickly admitted his mistake and made an apology to fans on his official blog.[3]

Rihanna leaves the tour

Rumors speculated that Rihanna may not be performing at the final 3 shows of the tour.

These rumors were validated when Ticketmaster.com listed only N.E.R.D and Lupe Fiasco as guests for the 8/5 show at Madison Square Garden; Interestingly they listed Lupe as the only guest for the 8/6 show.

Also, on Ticketmaster there is a note on the 8/1 show in Ohio. The note reads "This event has been rescheduled from 6/13/08. Due to the date change, Rihanna will no longer be performing at the show. Tickets for the original performance will be honored."

Bonnaroo controversy

Kanye's scheduled time at the Bonnaroo Music Festival was changed from 8:00 pm to 2:45 am to accommodate the light show for the Glow in the Dark Tour. This marked the first ever late night show on the big "What Stage" in Bonnaroo's 7-year history.[4] Pearl Jam ended up playing 50 mins over their allotted time, leaving less time for the setup of Kanye West's stage props for the Glow in the Dark Tour. A message on the monitors stated that the show would start at 3:30. When that didn't happen, the crowd grew restless and started chanting "Kanye Sucks". Once Kanye came out on stage at 4:25 am most people quieted down. The delay was reportedly due to complications in the set up of Kanye's elaborate glow in the dark concept concert after the Pearl Jam set. Graffiti was found throughout the festival ranging from "Kanye Sucks" to "Jay-Z Would Have Been On Time". Kanye later wrote an outraged post on his blog, expressing his anger at the crowd's response and at Superfly's mismanagement.[5 ]

CRS (Child Rebel Soldier) announcement

On August 1, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lupe Fiasco finished his set and returned to the stage to cut off the DJ mixing songs. He began hyping the crowd for the following performances of N.E.R.D. and Kanye West; however, he continued afterward with a subtle drop of "and CRS". The announcement seemed quite feasible for a performance as Rihanna has left the last three tour dates. The arena gave large props for the first two artists; yet, CRS received only minor cheering. After all three performances of the night, many expected the CRS (a trio made up of Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco) to perform at least one song together, but it did not occur.

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