MANCHESTER (AP) — With new wife Kim Kardashian looking on along with 80,000 fans, Kanye West showed up pretty much on time at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
West seemed to be in a good mood Friday night at the annual festival just three weeks after his marriage to Kardashian in Florence, Italy. The 37-year-old rapper made no mention of his new wife, but Kardashian was on hand for the show. She watched from the soundboard, about 50 yards from her husband on the main stage, in stylish — but Bonnaroo-unfriendly — high heels and white pants.
The show came six years after West famously began his first Bonnaroo appearance at 4:30 a.m. following technical delays with his set. West mentioned that appearance, again skewering Pearl Jam for delaying his start and the media he says inaccurately portrayed the reasons for his late start.
At one point, West stopped his set and repeatedly shouted: “Where the press at? Where the press at?”
There were many reporters on hand to catch the performance, marking what time he’d show up. West appeared 10 minutes after his listed start time and played a mix of hits and cuts from his 2013 album “Yeezus,” which offered the most visually arresting moments of the night. He wrapped his set with the powerful “Blood on the Leaves” after about 90 minutes, 20 minutes before his scheduled finish.
Many of the elements in the show were familiar to fans who’ve seen him recently. At one point he compared himself to John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, calling himself the biggest rock star in the world.
And he returned to a favorite speech about how he no longer needs hit songs or radio airplay because he’s not competing with other living artists. He’s looking to install himself as a timeless cultural icon.