On the exceedingly goofy poster for Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour, the artist poses, C-3PO style, against a black background framed in a Star Wars–evoking flourish and fonts. Only Kanye could possibly conceive of his latest tour in support of last year’s Graduation as a battle against interstellar evil, but there he is, nonetheless, with the names of his allies written out below: Rihanna, N.E.R.D, and Lupe Fiasco. Perhaps in no other room in the nation will so much self-hagiography collide: Fiasco, apparently having done what he came to do in his three short years in rap, is already threatening to retire, while N.E.R.D appears to continue for the sole purpose of allowing Pharrell Williams to stage-dive (as well as to issue seemingly straight-faced video casting calls for “fun girls who are free with their bodies”). At MSG, expect some to show up, along with a guest rapper or three.
Tue., May 13, 7:30 p.m., 2008