Can you blame Kanye West? What other kind of structure at Coachella would be large enough to contain his
mammoth ego planet-sized talent? Kanye decided not to headline this year’s Drugs-Enhanced Music in the Desert Festival (aka Coachella). And it’s been reported that he pulled out two days before the Coachella lineup announcement because they wouldn’t build him a giant dome. What – you thought it was something as simple as he didn’t want to be upstaged by the hot chicks with the raw talent in BLACKPINK?
According to Billboard, Coachella co-founder Paul Collett received a call from Yeezus on New Year’s Day. Kanye wanted a dome right smack dab in the center of Coachella which his “frequent collaborator” John McGuire would design. The conversation probably went like this:
Paul: But, Kanye, we need room for Port-A-Potties.
Kanye: What do you mean people have to relieve themselves? DO NOT BOTHER KANYE WITH YOUR PORT-A-POTTY TRIFLES!
When senior executives from Coachella parent Goldenvoice explained that the dome would be impossible to build in four months and would require the AEG-owned concert promoter to rearrange the entire festival site and remove a large section of portable bathrooms, West became irritated, declaring that he was an artist with a creative vision who shouldn’t be spending his time talking about port-a-potties.
Don’t you know who I am, mothertrucker?!? I AM YAHNDI AND I DON’T CARE IF PEOPLE HAVE TO PISS AND NEED SOMEWHERE TO GET THEIR DRUGS TOGETHER. YOU DON’T APPROACH KANYE ABOUT PORTA-A-POTTIES. YOU APPROACH HIM WITH WORSHIP, DREGS!
When Kanye was reportedly informed in a phone call that his ego dome wasn’t going to happen, he “abruptly hung up.”
Kanye’s dome idea was pretty expansive. Keep in mind, this was all a reaction to his finding the 40×60 foot stage to be inadequate for his planned performance. How big IS that stupid Perrier water bottle costume?
West’s participation in the festival has been in the works for several years, and as the Jan. 3 lineup announcement approached, his representatives had been pushing Goldenvoice to build the dome for West, away from the main stage and large enough to house a big portion of the 125,000 fans who flock to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Calif. every April. West would play in the center of the dome in an in-the-round format, and the dome would be tricked out with high-tech production and immersive video.
Coachella’s organizers had already expected this and, in fact, had already written his ass off as headliner. They approached his former manager Scooter Braun and signed Ariana Grande up to replace him less than 24 hours after he pulled out. Someone should have reminded ‘Ye that if even Beyonce was able to fit her gigantic performance art rally on the same stage last year, his shouldn’t have been a problem.