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Europe is currently getting its socks rocked off. Jay-Z, 42, and Kanye West, 34, kicked off their European tour together last weekend. The concert showcases the two hip-hop mega stars in all their glory, depending on their rhymes and rapping that made them famous – no dancers or stage props to distract the audience. Of course, many songs from their collaborative album Watch the Throne are included.
The big-name rappers had five total shows in London at the O2 Arena, and are now on their way to Switzerland for the next ten shows. The tour ends June 13th in Birmingham.
At the first London show, Kanye tooted his own horn and told the audience, “I guarantee this will be the greatest concert of your life.” He set the standard high, but some would argue that he and Jay-Z certainly delivered.
Fans at one of the London shows got a surprise when singer Rihanna took the stage not once, but TWICE! The first time, she performed “All of the Lights” with Kanye, which they collaborated on for his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Rihanna returned to the stage later in the show to perform “Run This Town” with both rappers.
The afterparty was arguably a bigger deal than the concert itself, as the party was loaded with celebrity sightings. Attendees included Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martain and his wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, designer Stella McCartney, Spike Lee, and Lauryn Hill.
Rihanna certainly seemed to enjoy herself, as she tweeted the next morning, “You know it was a good night when u wake up n run to your BFF’s room like…how did I get in my bed? Did I walk? Stumble? Get carried?”
Kanye’s new leading lady Kim Kardashian was also there to help celebrate the tour’s beginning, as she attended the afterparty Saturday night at DSTRKT. Kim never left Kanye’s side and was going to great lengths to be seen with Kanye looking happy and in love. There is still a great deal of skepticism from people about the authenticity of their relationship, which seems suspiciously timed to help Kim recover from her dip in popularity following her two-and-half-month marriage to Kris Humphries last.
One unnamed source assures Kim is having a legitimate ball hanging out with Kanye and his friends, including Rihanna. “They all hung out after she performed with Kanye and Jay,” the source said. “Kim and Rihanna really get along well. Kim hasn’t been this happy in years, she loves London and loves Kanye’s lifestyle.”