The day after Yeezy’s last concert in Cleveland in 2005, Trent Dilfer started as a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. It’s been that long since Kanye West has come our way, but now he’s bringing his 39-show Saint Pablo Tour here, ending the drought. West’s concerts are renowned for their over-the-top theatrics, from his freewheeling rants between songs to the throbbing light shows. Expect to hear much of his extended seventh album, The Life of Pablo, an ever-changing, introspective record that sharply contrasts its predecessor Yeezus. From “Feedback,” where he touches on policing in America or “Saint Pablo,” a six-minute closing reflection on his struggles, West has penned a new messy, disjointed chapter in his career. West tweeted that he’s a messenger like Apostle Paul, for whom the album’s name alludes, making this stream-of-consciousness collection the gospel according to Ye. Like his Saturday Night Live performance of “Ultralight Beam” with a rapper and three R&B singers and a gospel choir belting as West collapsed to the floor, expect this show to be a wild ride through the disheveled mind of one of the most controversial, overexposed rappers of today.
Oct. 1, Quicken Loans Arena, theqarena.com