“Kanye’s doing a listening session in Chicago tomorrow, then NYC Sunday. He’s dropping the album Sunday,” Kardashian captioned her Instagram Stories, per Complex. “Just a few final tweaks to the mixes.”
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) September 28, 2019
West spent the day that he was scheduled to release the album, in Detroit. While the album had been delayed in the past and it was reportedly not ready again, fans showed up in droves for an event called “Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience” set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Fox Theatre, even though it was unclear if West himself would appear or if his album would be unveiled.
Free tickets to the mysterious show were snapped up within minutes of becoming available, solely via Ticketmaster, which was just three hours before doors opened at the venue. If it sounds like a rush, it was, because people at the venue didn’t know about the show until Friday. A theater representative told Rolling Stone that the staff had only “vague details” of what was going to happen, but they suspected it would be a “movie thing.”
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“We usually don’t [book any events day-of], but it’s Kanye West, he can get away with anything,” the rep said.
Attendees were told that they’d be required to lock up their phones during the event. But they shared their excitement for... something just before the big reveal.
KANYE WEST MADE AN IMAX MOVIE, PLEASE WHO ELSE IS DOING IT THIS BIG
— mtrnica (@MTRNICA) September 28, 2019
Round Two of Kanye. Haven't left Detroit yet. Just after his Sunday Service concert ended, he popped news about this one tonight at Detroit's historic Fox Theatre. Free admission if you were lucky enough to score tickets again off Ticketmaster, which we did. Ian is thrilled. pic.twitter.com/orap4tqocp
— Tom Henry (@ecowriterohio) September 27, 2019
Several people were offering to sell their tickets.
Even those watching from afar were keeping an eye on the situation and speculated the album would drop after the Jesus Is King event ended.
IFFFFF Kanye is really releasing Jesus is King is will be at 11pm est after his show in Detroit. Which would be 8pm on the west coast.. so, wait until like 11:11 to be disappointed lol
— Awesomo (@_freshdaily_) September 28, 2019
— shia labeouf’s chicken wing (@nickbrutusgrass) September 28, 2019
It’s 8:00 pm in Detroit no Kanye album pic.twitter.com/r1MZMl7aVG
— SCREWHOURS (@screwhours) September 28, 2019
Earlier in the day, West hosted a Sunday Service event for 6,000 people, who were among the lucky ones to secure the free tickets scooped up in minutes, at the city’s Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. Some of those fans, from as far away as San Francisco and Canada, waited in line beginning at 5:30 a.m. for the noon gathering.
The usual singing and dancing didn’t get underway until 1:40 p.m., according to the Free Press.
Kardashian shared snapshots of her and West’s daughter North, 6, belting out some of the songs.
She sang along to thousands of singers from both Motor City and West’s hometown of Chicago who he had bused in just for his service.
Kardashian’s snapshots showed the couple’s 3-year-old son Saint was there, too.
The manager of the amphitheatre, Shahida Mausi, told the Free Press that her team had first heard from West’s team on Monday. They then scrambled to prepare for his appearance, because the venue had already been closed for the season.
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