Kanye West (And His Caps Lock Key) Are Ready To Let You Know What Happened At Bonnaroo

AP071013025698.jpgIt’s been 10 days since Kanye West’s dawn set at Bonnaroo, and surely I wasn’t the only person wondering just when Kanye, who’s no stranger to using the Internet to silence his critics, would respond to the angry online chatter. Oh boy, has that day come: He’s put up a blog post defending himself, and during its writing Kanye was apparently “typing so fucking hard I might break my fucking Mac book Air!” (Ah, Kanye, you always know how to get the product placement down.) Some heavily capitalized highlights, after the jump.

To begin: Fuck Digg and those 100% tiresome Human Giant guys.
Apparently this particular tirade was finally, belatedly set off by Kanye finding a link to this FunnyOrDie video starring Paul Scheer on the nerd circle-jerk Digg. And honestly, if I found that particular combination of Internet peanut galleries mocking me with comments like “I missed Ghostland Observatory for his sorry ass”? I’d probably go off on an Internet tirade, too. (Although I’d just write it in all-lowercase.)

Apparently Kanye has never been this mad before in his entire life, even when he got jobbed at the European VMAs or when he got snubbed at the VMAs or etc., etc. But see, that’s what happens when you let anger fester for nearly 240 hours!
“But this Bonnaroo thing is the worst insult I’ve ever had in my life. This is the most offended I’ve ever been… this is the maddest I ever will be. I’m typing so fucking hard I might break my fucking Mac book Air!!!!!!!! Call me any name you want…. arrogant, conceited, narcissistic, racist, metro, fag whatever you can think of…. BUT NEVER SAY I DIDN’T GIVE MY ALL! NEVER SAY I DIDN’T GIVE MY ALL! THIS SHOWS NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY TO BE GOOD AT SOMETHING THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THERE TO LIE ABOUT YOU AND BRING YOU DOWN!”

Bonnaroo did not have Kanye’s back.
“BONNAROO SHOULD HAVE RELEASED A STATEMENT IN MY DEFENSE BUT SINCE THEY HAVEN’T LET’S BREAK DOWN THE WALLS ON THIS TRUMAN SHOW AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY OCCURRED!!! FOR OVER A MONTH WE WENT BACK AND FORTH ON WETHER OR NOT WE COULD EVEN FIT MY STAGE AT THE FESTIVAL. ONE DAY THEY WOULD SAY YES… WE’D SEND THEM OUR SPECS THEN THEY THEY’D SAY OK… THEN THEY WOULD SEND SPECS BACK THAT DIDN’T FIT THE STAGE. WE WERE OBVIOUSLY DEALING WITH FUCKING IDIOTS WHO DIDN’T REALLY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO REALLY PUT ON THIS SHOW PROPERLY. THEY TRIED 2 GIVE ME A TIME SLOT WERE IT WAS STILL LIGHT OUTSIDE … I HAVE A FUCKING LIGHT SHOW DUMB ASS, IT’S NOT CALLED GLOW IN THE DARK FOR NO REASON SQUID BRAINS!”

This mess is also Pearl Jam’s fault. With exclamation points. Not that you Ghostland Observatory-fellating kiddies would care.
“MY PRODUCTION MANAGER TRIED TO LOAD IN FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE I WENT ON STAGE BUT THE FESTIVAL WOULDN’T ALLOW US TO DO ANYTHING UNTILL PEARL JAM LEFT THE STAGE. PEARL JAM ENDED ONE HOUR
LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT THAT POINT WE’RE RACING AGAINST THE SUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT 4:20AM DON COMES BACK 2 THE BUS AND TELLS ME, ” IT WOULD TAKE 45 MORE MINUTES TO PUT ALL YOUR PYRO IN!” I SAY I HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE . I”

He was really upset about “Stronger” being performed in less-than-optimal conditions, given that he’s so fussy about it. (OK, so he’s fussy about everything.)
“I CUT A FEW SONGS FROM THE SET BECAUSE I WANTED PEOPLE 2 EXPERIENCE STRONGER WHILE THERE WAS STILL SOME DARKNESS TO PERFORM IT IN. I’VE STRUGGLED WITH STRONGER FROM IT’S CONCEPTION. REMEMBER LAST SUMMER WHEN I CANCELED SOME TV APPEARANCES. IT WAS BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO PERFORM STRONGER IN THE DAYTIME. ANYONE WHO CAME TO THE GLOW TOUR CAN UNDERSTAND WHY I WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE IT PROPERLY. IT BROKE MY HEART THAT I COULDN’T GIVE THESE FANS STRONGER IN IT’S GREATEST FORM… BY THE TIME I GOT TO STRONGER IT WAS DAYTIME AND IT BROKE MY HEART.”

He is achy and broke. Can’t you have a heart?
“WHEN I GOT 2 “THROUGH THE WIRE” I STEPPED ON THE FRONT PART OF MY STAGE AND THERE WAS SO MUCH LIQUID ON THE STAGE I COULDN’T MOVE WITHOUT SLIPPING. I HAD TO ADJUST MY WHOLE PERFORMANCE STYLE BECAUSE OF IT.” …
“I’M SORRY TO EVERYONE THAT I DIDN’T HAVE THE ABILITY 2 GIVE THE PERFORMANCE I WANTED TO. I’M SORRY… SOMETIMES I GO 2, 3 DAYS W/O SLEEP WORKING ON MY PERFORMANCE… I HAVE TO ICE MY KNEES AFTER EVERY SHOW AND THEY HURT WHEN I WALK THROUGH THE AIRPORT… HAVING AN EXPENSIVE STAGE CUTS MY PAYDAY IN HALF… “

Aw. Although maybe he should hold back on posting any more $650,000 watches until this whole thing has blown over a bit? (Just trying to help!)

UNTITLED [kanYe West: Blog]
Earlier: Bonnaroo: Kanye West Gets Up With The Sun

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  • anawolken

    I just don’t buy this act from Kanye. Not after he’s threatened legal action on some of our local bar owners here in Austin. (more info on my blog) But the guy is clearly all about money.

  • BawstonSean

    @loudersoft: This is the part where I say “Told ya so” and stick out my tounge :P

    BOOOYAKA!

  • loudersoft

    I knew something weird had to have happened and, for the record, I just left ‘Ye my profuse apologies at his blog.

    Technical issues always stand in the way of shows like this one getting the full effect they deserve and it’s obviously not Kanye’s fault. This is a big production and Pearl Jam running an hour late really screwed things up. I understand very well the complications of loading in and staging something a show this technical and dramatic.

    So, and just for the record, I want to personally apologize to Kanye for any name calling I did in my report from the Bonnaroo or any shit I might have talked. I look forward to seeing the show the way he means for it to be presented & most of all, I commend him for taking time out of his insane schedule to respond to all the criticism.

  • loudersoft

    @BawstonSean: about….?

  • loudersoft

    @BawstonSean: Also, have you and the sofa made a decision on the big date? When a person and his inanimate object are as close as the two of you were the morning after Kanye, there exists a vivid passion which can only lead to marriage.

  • cheesebubble

    I guess it’s nice that Kanye wanted to share his light show with concert goers but instead of forcing the festival to conform to his specifications, maybe he should have toned things down to fit their needs. People would have been quite entertained and pleased just to witness his performance, I’m sure, even without all the dressings. If fans really need to see the full meal deal, then they’ll have to attend a sole Kanye West concert. Or he can put on his own special multi-day, multi-performer shindig called Kanye-is-the-centre-of-the-world-fest.

  • GhostOfDuane

    If Kanye was capable of putting on a good show without the biggest stage, brightest lasers and 50,000 lbs of pyro, he would have done so.

    Poor, super-sensitive Kanye, can’t tell his fans to go kill themselves, so he blames everyone on the planet for his inability to stand up there with a mic and entertain people without the mega-spectacle to carry him through.

  • Captain Wrong

    @imnotthatguyanymore: 100% on point. I’m reading this stuff, ok, fine, whatever. Everybody’s fault but yours, ‘Ye. But all I’m seeing is I, I, I, me, me, me. Rather than scaling it back, he had to force everyone to wait. That decision was all you man. Seriously though, how much more impressive would it have been to see him channel that anger into a devastating performance with two turntables and a microphone instead of making everyone wait for the return of Blue Oyster Cult’s old stage show?

  • Anonymous

    Poor little mama’s boy. We saw Daft Punk last year, we don’t need you.

  • Lucas Jensen

    Squid brains. Huh.

  • Silverfuture

    Kanye West doesn’t care about black people (by which I mean, fans of Pearl Jam’s seminal album “Black”).

  • Silverfuture

    yes, “song” not “album”. One day I will learn to preview.

  • GhostOfDuane

    @Silverfuture: Previews are for the weak. +1

  • loudersoft

    I mean it occurs to me that Kanye wanted this to be special. By the time he realized it was going to be a disaster, he did what he could to salvage the operation. When you have 80,000 screaming, booing, clearly fucked up fans throwing shit at you, what are you supposed to do? Tell them it’s Bonnaroo’s fault? Or Pearl Jam’s? How do you think that would have actually gone over with the crowd?

    Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried making reasonable explanations to people in my life who were clearly fucked up beyond the capability of engaging in rational thinking. The results of my “reasonable explanations” in that moment of the other person being drunk/high out of their gourd have rarely turned out well. Of course, YMMV, but I don’t try to explain anything to someone who is hammered. In my experience, it turns ugly.

    The reality is that nobody really cared WHY the show was delayed. People only really cared that it WAS delayed. If someone came over the loudspeaker and said, “I’m sorry but there are some technical difficulties going on and it’s going to be a while,” the same effect would have been achieved — people leaving to go see other shows or going to bed.

    Considering how long an explanation and apology might have taken, the show could have ended up being 35 minutes long instead of what we got. Oh well. Shit happens. We move on.

    With some time having passed, he made an explanation and, most importantly, he did apologize for the show not being what he wanted it to be. As a principal shit-stirrer in this melee, I am willing to accept his explanation and forgive him — and not because he’s Kanye West either. I’d forgive anyone whose show required a massive load-in and set up. Yeah, it sucked at the time, but in retrospect I know what I’m in control of and what I’m not. So does Kanye. You don’t have to like it or like him, but forgive the man. There’s no point in being bitter about what you can’t change, is there?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who absolutely must have a huge stage spectacle setup to perform tacitly admits they blow as a live act.

  • Anonymous

    Step 1: A DJ and a microphone. Step 2: Get retarded. I mean, I understand that he wants a certain show, but is he so far gone that he can’t dial it down and say, “I had a huge production planned, but it’s not working so I’m just gonna move the crowd. Rock with me!” It’s nice to break out the string section for shows, but it’s not life-or-death if shit happens.

  • AquaLung

    @mossdale: Eh, have you ever been to a live hip-hop show? I’d say a good 80% of them “blow.”

  • Anonymous

    Not much of a hip-hop concert-goer. Watching people rap doesn’t do it for me. I like to see a band playing. I did see schooly d (sp?) sometime back in the late 80′s, and he was loud, funny and rude, but the audience energy simmered down pretty quickly.

  • amyk

    I saw Kanye at Lollapalooza a couple of years ago and the sound was crap at the beginning and he stopped the show. It’s his hometown and I appreciated he wanted to do it right. And then when the sound was fixed I was at a dance party with 60,000 people and it was amazing.

    How is anyone surprised by this? Dude is a perfectionist and keeps on putting out the product to support it.

  • loudersoft

    I agree with that. But from the way he’s explaining it, there was no need for a contingency plan because someone with the festival approved his stage plot and lighting grid. Kanye’s DJ, as far as I know, is still A-Trak — and he was 5000 miles away promoting his Nike iD record the night Kanye played Bonnaroo.

    If all your best information says to you that there’s not going to be a problem, then there isn’t.

  • sparkletone

    @anawolken: “But the guy is clearly all about money”

    Well, he is a rapper. He didn’t get so rich that he can afford to type hard enough to break his Macbook Air without being about the proverbial Benjamins.

  • Anonymous

    @loudersoft: But after he realized things were fucked, he could’ve just done the show to keep the fans from waiting longer and had it out with the organizers afterward. If he’s really about the fans. I love ‘Ye’s music, but I think he confuses what the fans want with what he has to give to the fans. It comes down to what he wants. He is pretty open about his insecurities and I guess this is just part of that. Like the friend that won’t go out because they can’t pick the right outfit, even though they’d have fun if the just went.

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