Brian Eno

The meaning of Kanye West's floating stage

The meaning of Kanye West's floating stage

What if you went to see a concert and got a metaphor instead?

Kanye West, on his latest tour, which plays his hometown Friday (United Center) and Saturday (Allstate Arena), spends the entire show literally above the fray, looking down on the audience. There is no traditional stage at one end of the arena or in the center. There is just Kanye, alone on a platform surprisingly small for an arena setting, 20 feet long, 16 feet wide. It is suspended a mere 15 feet above the fans on the floor. Designed by the Wood Dale-based special-effects company Strictly FX, the platform resembles a Hershey bar, or one of those flying cars from "Blade Runner" stripped to its chassis. It...

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