Wherever Kanye West goes, controversy follows — even Down Under. Yeezy managed to incurr the wrath of two parties while performing at Big Day Out festival on Australia’s Gold Coast — that of his own fans, and that of Soundgarden, who had the misfortune of attempting to play during Kanye’s extremely loud soundcheck.
The first sign of trouble began when Kanye’s louder-than-expected soundcheck drowned out Soundgarden’s set, which was happening one stage over. “Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back,” singer Chris Cornell reportedly said. “There’s no other word for it.”
West then began to anger his own fans when his set began 45 minutes late, causing the crowd to yell “BULLSHIT!” as they waited for Yeezy’s set, which, with ballerinas and explosions, sounded not too far off from his Coachella performance. The fest’s founder Ken West (no relation!) blamed the delay on rain, though others arrived at the possibility that Kanye didn’t want to compete performing while Tony Hawk was still in the middle of his skateboarding exhibition.
But hey, the man knows how to put on a hell of a show, even if he doesn’t know how to start it on time. Check out Kanye treating all of the Aussies to “All Of The Lights”: