Kanye West Throws Faulty Mic, Storms Off Stage During Pan Am Games Closing …

27 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kanye West at the Pan Am Games review – sound cuts out on unpredictable artist.

The rapper, 38, was headlining the closing ceremony at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada on Sunday when his microphone cut out due to technical issues. Gamely, he continued to rap for a minute or so, as if trying to reach the 40,000 spectators (and 6,000 athletes from 41 countries) in the Rogers Centre by willpower alone.

However, the TV audience watching at home had a different experience, as they were still able to hear the sound up until the point he walked off stage, reports The Huffington Post. He then hurled his microphone into the air and walked off, leaving half the crowd cheering and the other half wondering what the hell had just happened.

Dressed in all blue, the singer performed hits “Black Skinhead”, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “Touch the Sky” and “All of the Lights” to a 40,000 strong crowd, the microphone technicality coming 13 minutes into the concert. Following the irate Glastonbury-goers and Ottawa Bluesfest attendees who petitioned against his lack of rock credentials this summer, 54,000 people petitioned to have him removed from the Games on the grounds that he wasn’t Canadian enough. Much like with his headline slot at Glastonbury, a petition was started before the performance to try and get organisers to remove him from the bill – it was signed by 54,000 people.

Some complained of his overweening pride (the only Canadian brag is a humblebrag), while others simply foamed at the mouth. “We have great music artist [sic] here who are not head banging music,” moaned one benighted soul. Another warned: “No talent, and his message is satanic.” At least no one could dispute his desire to do great things: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, as his opening song proclaimed. He was alone on a vast stage that had previously featured performers from Pachi, the porcupine mascot performing his wiggle dance, to Argentinian tango practitioners, Irish Riverdancers, and Chinese martial artists – the implication being: everyone’s Canadian, eh?

Then, in front of a replica of the CN Tower, Canada’s largest phallic symbol, the ubiquitous Pitbull, in white trousers marginally roomier than his World Cup outfit, had thrust his hips to dance-pop so efficiently sterile it could never spawn a petition. And when he asked for the stadium’s lights to be turned up during his second number, Power, it felt like the bleary aftermath of a championship sporting match – except instead of players celebrating, there was one man in a blue sweater and ripped jeans, leaping around to a snippet of King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man. He went prostrate during Black Skinhead, which suitably called out some of the petitioners’ implicit racism, and followed it up with Can’t Tell Me Nothin’, at once defiant, self-deprecating and tuneful.

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