Jay-Z and Kanye West bring ‘Watch The Throne’ show to London O2 Arena

'This is the realest shit you'll ever see' Kanye tells audience

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ tour made its debut in London last night (May 18), marking the first of five consecutive shows at the city’s O2 Arena.

Fans may have been disappointed by the lack of special guests – there was no sign of ‘Watch The Throne’ guest stars Beyoncé, Bon Iver or Frank Ocean. But the two hour, 40-song set dug deep into the pair’s collaborative 2011 album ‘Watch The Throne’ – including ‘No Church In The Wild’, ‘That’s My Bitch’, ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ and ‘Niggas In Paris’ – with long detours into their respective solo catalogues.

An elaborate stage set saw the pair backed by fiery pyrotechnics, or facing each other over the heads of the audience on huge illuminated square platforms that rose and fell.


Kanye West performed a lengthy solo segment that drew heavily on the Autotune stylings of his 2008 album ‘808s & Heartbreak’, while Jay-Z seemed to pay tribute to his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, on ‘New Day’, dedicating it to “those thinking of their loved ones tonight” and encouraging “everyone in the house who takes care of their kids, make some noise!”

The set also took a political turn, as the pair turned their back to the audience and faced images of the Ku Klux Klan, images of black American slaves and footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the sound of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’.

The two-hour set concluded with not one but four runs through ‘Watch The Throne’ single ‘Niggas In Paris’, with West proclaiming: “This is the realest shit you’ll ever see!”

The Watch The Throne tour plays at London’s O2 Arena until next Tuesday (May 22).

Jay-Z and Kanye West played:

‘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’
‘Flashing Lights’
‘Jesus Walks’
‘Self Conscious’
‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’
‘Public Service Announcement (Interlude)’
‘U Don’t Know’
‘Run This Town’
‘Power/Power Remix’
‘Made in America’
‘New Day’
‘Hard Knock Life’
‘Izzo (HOVA)’
‘Empire State Of Mind’
‘On To The Next One’
‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’
‘I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)’
‘That’s My Bitch’
‘Good Life’
‘Touch The Sky’
‘All Of The Lights’
‘Big Pimpin”
‘Gold Digger’
’99 Problems’
‘What A Wonderful World’
‘No Church In The Wild’
‘Lift Off (Interlude)’
‘Niggas In Paris’