Many flocked to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre (formerly Chene Park) on Friday morning in hopes of viewing Chicago’s biggest star – Kanye West in the flesh. After what was a grueling Thursday of Metro Detroiters trying to obtain tickets to the free performance on Ticketmaster, everyone seemed to be in high spirits in line for the show, even though some had to wait until almost 2 PM for the scheduled 12 PM performance.
For those not glued to the Internet, this is not a standard Kanye concert. This is a “Sunday Service,” a performance with local volunteer singers who join Mr. West on stage, along with a conductor/leader, as well as a sermon from a pastor of the Christian Faith.
Kanye’s behavior was not typical. Opting to keep his head low, and not making the event about himself, he only took to the mic for one performance, the song “Ultralight Beam,” which featured Chance The Rapper off Kanye’s 2016 ‘The Life of Pablo.’ With the song’s religious components, it made for a perfect bridge between the Gospel and the “Gangstas” in the crowd.
During the choir’s electrifying performance, one that was echoed back from the crowd in unison, Kim Kardashian was spotted both on stage and off to the side of the stage, playing and hanging out with her older children, North and Saint West. If you’d had told us a year ago that we’d be seeing Kim Kardashian, multi-millionaire, Ms. ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ running around on the Detroit Riverfront in sweatpants, nobody would have believed you.
Check out some of the footage below, and for those who missed out on today’s early show, the Fox Theatre will be hosting Yeezy for a no-phones-allowed performance, also free of charge, called “Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience.” Does this mean ‘Jesus Is King,’ his anticipated new album that was supposed to drop Friday Morning at midnight, will be performed tonight at The Fox for a release party? Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
JUST IN: Kanye West will bring “Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience” to #TheFox tonight at 8PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets are free, general admission and only available via https://t.co/Sf9zcR6qqf. pic.twitter.com/1VPsHAin4T
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