Usually concerts get cancelled after a roadie peeks out from behind the curtain 5 minutes before show time and realizes the audience consists solely of a dozen stray cats who ended up there after following the smell of green room tuna sandwiches through an open stage door. It’s less common for a show to get cancelled after too many people decide they want to see it. But that’s what happened at 2 this morning.
People says that shortly after Kanye West’s Governor’s Ball performance in NYC was cancelled yesterday due to bad weather, he decided to put on an early-morning surprise show at Webster Hall. Part of me wants to believe he did it because Kanye loves his fans just that much, but let’s be honest here; it was because Kanye will never turn down an opportunity to hear his own voice projected through a bunch of speakers. Regardless of the why, Kanye was planning on performing at around 2:00am. That didn’t happen, because too many people showed up. About 4,000 people showed up for the show and crowded the streets, as seen in the picture above. Webster Hall only holds about 1,500, which means most people ended up outside.
Well, police don’t exactly love it when you block off traffic without a permit, so they shut it down. Kanye tried to use his influence as the world’s most-important self-appointed VIP to get Mayor Bill de Blasio to agree to shut down a block of streets so he could perform. Kim Kardashian Snapchatted Kanye’s konversation, because of course she did.
Bill de Blasio probably saw Kanye’s name come up on his call display and muttered “Fuck that, I’ve got work in the morning” before rolling over and going back to sleep. They didn’t get the last-minute permit, so Kanye left the crowd at Webster Hall. Shortly before Kanye left, Webster Hall tweeted for everyone to get their asses out of there and go home.
Not surprisingly, the crowd was super pissed to find out that Kanye’s performance was called off. And what do crowds usually do when they get mad? They destroy stuff! According to the New York Daily News, the crowd turned into the physical manifestation of a Kanye Twitter rant and started tearing shit up. They reportedly climbed on dumpsters, broke bottles, and jumped on vehicles. Several cars were damaged, and one woman was arrested for disorderly conduct. A witness says the group was like “a cult.” I believe that. Only the easily brainwashed would choose to wait around outside at 2am on a Monday to hear Kanye West screech about being a genius.
Here’s Kanye karrying North West into a performance of The Lion King yesterday, and his wife Plastic Kimmy following close behind with her Hakuna Ma-tatas hanging out.