The kickoff of Kanye West’s rare two-night set of 808s & Heartbreak shows at California’s Hollywood Bowl may not have gone quite as smoothly as planned. In footage of one moment from Friday night’s (Sept. 25) concert, Kanye is heard directing his crew to stop the music.
The video, posted by TMZ, catches Kanye saying “There’s no piano. Stop the track” while onstage. According to TMZ, Kanye — who addressed the situation by saying “This is the best dress rehearsal I’ve ever had” — was allegedly late for the actual rehearsal the night before.
Complex dug up some tweets from fans who were seemingly irritated by the technical glitch at Kanye’s show:
— J.D. Funari (@jdfunari) September 26, 2015
— The Sonj (@SonnyP) September 26, 2015
808s & Heartbroken That You Flew Cross Country To See Kanye West Play A Dress Rehearsal
— I’m Gary (@noyokono) September 26, 2015
Rolling Stone, however, mostly praised Kanye’s set (in which he performed the album in order), mentioning the reported technical problem as more of an afterthought toward the end of a review of the concert:
“Late in ‘See You in My Nightmares,’ Kanye walked over to the band for a comment, then over to his string section to flip a page on his conductor’s sheet music. ‘This is one of the best dress rehearsals,’ he said in the night’s only moment of frustration,’” Steve Appleford wrote.
The New York Times also remained generally positive about Kanye’s performance of the 2008 album, only briefly calling out the backing track issue.
“Mr. West’s approach came fully into focus in the second half of the night, with the album’s most moody and aching songs. At the conclusion of ‘Bad News,’ gunshot noises rang out and Mr. West staggered around the stage, eventually collapsing facedown on the ground as the string section throbbed urgently, almost like a boot on his neck. On ‘See You in My Nightmares,’ he asked for the backing track to be cut so that he could be accompanied by a moping piano,” the Times’ Jon Caramanica reported.
Kanye’s Friday night show can be streamed in full here, thanks to a series of fan-shot clips.