A week after the death of his mother, Kanye West decided to go on with an unexpected performance at Le ZÃ©nith in Paris. Kanye has become reclusive after his mother’s death and besides skipping this years Victoriaâ€™s Secret Fashion Show he also skipped his mother’s memorial service. At the end of his hour long performance Kanye broke down and cried as he was about to sing â€œHey Mamaâ€ as a tribute to his late mother.
“He said the word, ‘Mother’ and just couldn’t go any further,” Le Parisien journalist Meddy Magloire said. “A back-up singer, the DJ and a guitar player came over to console him. It looked like he might collapse. He just couldn’t continue. He just stood there in a spotlight, crying while the band continued playing.”
After a few moments of stunned silence, Magloire says, the audience of 5,000 reacted by offering calls of encouragement, which grew into applause.
The band restarted the song, but West left the stage, returning after 10-15 minutes to conclude the concert with a rousing performance of “Stronger.”
“He was very nervous, seemed to have gathered himself up, and had a lot of energy,” Magloire says. “He kept shouting out to the audience, ‘I need you… I need you right now.’ and the public was screaming back. It was magic.”
That’s emotionally! Going up on stage to sing a tribute to your mother who passed away a week ago takes courage. This is something I wouldn’t have any idea about seeing as I am a humanoid created by the government in a secret experiment to fight evil bad guys. Turns out they created something more dangerous, a human drinking machine, that’s right I can out drink you all…hahaha.