By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ)
Rappers are notorious for making obscenely late appearances to concerts and Kanye West earned himself a spot at the top of the most-delayed list when he showed up more than two hours late for his Bonnaroo slot in 2008. On Sunday Ye headlined the Big Day Out festival in Australia and although he was only 45 minutes late this time, people were still a bit irritated.
According to reports, fans bided their time by breaking into numerous chants of “bullsh–” as they stood in the rain, and when West finally did appear, many wandered off to watch other acts like Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and My Chemical Romance. The Gold Coast Bulletin wrote that West blamed the delay on “sound problems” caused by the wet weather.
While those chants were no doubt withering, West did manage to rebound and wow fans with a booming, ballerina-enhanced set. Unfortunately, he couldn’t impress fellow headliners Soundgarden, who were apparently less than pleased that his soundcheck bled into their set. “Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in ‘held back,’ ” frontman Chris Cornell told the crowd, after West’s music was heard in between the band’s songs. “There’s no other word for it.”
A spokesperson for Soundgarden did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment on the matter by press time. Aside from the acrimony, weather and delays, several Australian newspapers noted that the West-headlined Big Day Out Gold Coast did not sell out — the first time the fest had not been at capacity “since the 1990s.” Many attributed that to the fact that Kanye had also headlined Australia’s Splendor in the Grass fest less than six months ago.