DUBLIN, IRELANDS (Top40 Charts/ MCD)
It's the dynamic between these two very different artists that makes the evening so fascinating **** - The Guardian
and Kanye West
are, unquestionably, the two heavyweight champs of hip hop in the 21st century… - The Independent
…an epic, 150-minute experience, with no support acts, and two greatest hits sets for the price of one… and the crowd still bayed for more ***** - London Evening Standard
had arrived in spectacular style ***** - The Mirror
Jay Z and Kanye West
opened the European leg of their Watch the Throne tour at London's O2 Arena
at the weekend in sensational style. The tour arrives at The O2, Dublin on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June.
The 'Watch The Throne' Dublin shows are sold out on Friday 8 but due to popular demand a second date has been added for Saturday 9 June with tickets on sale now priced from €69.50 including booking fee at www.ticketmaster.ie
For this project, music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY Z and Kanye West
joined their extraordinary talents to form the group 'THE THRONE' and released the most anticipated album event of 2011, WATCH THE THRONE. On Monday, August 8th last year, THE THRONE'S extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime, Platinum selling Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam Recordings / Roc Nation album collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE, debuted at number 1 and has garnered several Grammy nominations.
The longtime friends and music innovators inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on WATCH THE THRONE recorded in person at various locations around the world. Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris, and New York City. The album features production from The RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye's longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The short list of featured vocals includes Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson. The lead track, "OTIS," brilliantly weaves Otis Redding's "Try A Little
The production is classic Kanye West
soul, with the two MCs trading couplets over a sample manipulated the way only West can. "Sounds so soulful, don't you agree?" intones JAY Z, and the two launch into a treatise on swagger, claiming their rightful place at the top. Since the track's release, the flood of praise for the track has been nothing short of deafening. Entertainment Weekly declares the track "the most well-executed rap song of the year." "Otis" can be streamed at watchthethrone.com/otis.
Both JAY Z and Kanye West
have each appeared as guests on the other's stage, and now they come together for never-before-seen performances not only from their collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE but also songs from their classic catalogue.
"This show demonstrated how much can be accomplished with a few small decisions: as on the album, JAY Z and Mr. West worked smart, not big." "The collaboration isn't merely a power-sharing arrangement or a union of equals but an application to be rap's greatest duo." - New York Times
"It's a wonder to behold -- and a throne well worth watching." - LA Times
"It's rare that a show of this magnitude lives up to its hype, but Kanye and JAY Z actually managed to exceed it. From the Tron-inspired laser show to the hydraulic-powered stages at either end of the ACC to the pyrotechnics, it was a visual masterpiece. And then, of course, there was the music." - National
Tickets priced from €69.50 including booking fee are available from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie
SET LIST FROM LONDON O2 ARENA
'Who Gon' Stop Me'
'Welcome To The Jungle'
'Gotta Have It'
'Where I'm From'
'Jigga What, Jigga Who'
'Can't Tell Me Nothing'
'All Falls Down'
'Diamonds From Sierra
'Public Service Announcement (Interlude)'
'U Don't Know'
'Run This Town'
'Made in America'
'Hard Knock Life'
'On To The Next One'
'Dirt Off Your Shoulder'
'I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)'
'That's My Bitch'
'Touch The Sky'
'All Of The Lights'
'What A Wonderful World'
'No Church In The Wild'
'Lift Off (Interlude)'
'N****s In Paris'