Kanye West performs 808s & Heartbreak in full for the first time – watch

A string orchestra joined West, Kid Cudi and Young Jeezy for the performance

Kanye West performed 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak in full for the first time at his Hollywood Bowl concert on Los Angeles on Friday (September 25).

The album track ‘Bad News’ had never been performed before, while many other tracks from the rapper’s fourth album hadn’t been played live this decade.

The performance was accompanied by an orchestra and choir, and featured a number of the original collaborators, including Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy and Mr Hudson, according to Entertainment Weekly.


The publication also reports that Kanye faced a number of technical difficulties on the night, describing the show as ‘rock star emo’, while fans have spoken about West using fake snow during an emotional ‘Coldest Winter’.


West reaffirmed his intention to run for president last week, and also stated that it could be another year before his latest record ‘Swish’ hits the shelves.

Following the playing of a new track ‘Fade’ at New York fashion week, West said:

That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting.”

Consequence of Sound posted the following setlist from Friday’s show, noting when some of the tracks were last played:

Say You Will
Welcome to Heartbreak (with Kid Cudi) (First time performed since March 20, 2009)
Amazing (with Young Jeezy) (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Love Lockdown (First time performed since October 26, 2013)
Paranoid (with Mr Hudson) (also with Kid Cudi; First time performed since November 23, 2010)
RoboCop (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Street Lights (First time performed since November 17, 2013)
Bad News (First time ever performed)
See You In My Nightmares (First time performed since July 2, 2009)
Coldest Winter
Pinocchio Story (First time performed since September 16, 2011)


Watch fan footage of the first ever ‘Bad News’ performance below:

West is due to play 808s & Heartbreak again tonight, September 26, at the same venue.