Kanye West Gets Interrupted, Covers Queen At Glastonbury: Watch
When Glastonbury announced Kanye West as a headliner for this year’s festival, a British citizen launched a Change.org petition in protest, asking instead for a rock band. The petition didn’t work; as fans saw for themselves last night (June 27), West performed the festival anyway, and with a few rock ‘n’ roll moments during his set.
Never mind that one of those moments was unplanned. As The Guardian reports, West had launched into “Black Skinhead” when British comedian Simon Brodkin (as his alias Lee Nelson) crashed the stage and forced him to start over. (“I Kanye’d Kanye,” Simon said on Twitter, dedicating his stunt to Taylor Swift.) This wasn’t quite as outrageous as when Rage Against the Machine‘s Tim Commerford climbed up the 2000 MTV Music Awards stage scaffolding, though it was still bizarre.
Later, West introduced “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by leading a singalong to the opening minutes of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Unlike when Jay Z sang Oasis‘ “Wonderwall” to mock the band’s Noel Gallagher for, again, complaining that Glastonbury chose to feature a rapper over a proper rock band, West’s gesture seemed harmless and totally sincere — as if he wanted to make peace with his dissenters.
Watch these highlights from Kanye West’s Glastonbury set below.