18 September 2009

Jay-Z Showcases 'The Blueprint 3' And Oasis Track At Intimate UK Show



Jay-Z played a relatively intimate gig in London last night (September 17).

The rapper, who is currently in the UK playing stadium dates with Coldplay, took to the stage at the Roundhouse in Camden following a ten-minute countdown on a digital clock projected onto the stage ahead of his arrival.

Backed by an 11-piece live band, Jay-Z – dressed in black and sporting shades throughout the show – kicked off with 'DOA (Death Of Autotune)', before performing an hour-long show that mixed classic tracks with newer songs from the recently released 'The Blueprint 3'.

"I hear this show sold out in 20 seconds flat, so I want to thank you!" the rapper told the crowd – who made Roc-A-Fella diamond signs with their hands throughout the gig – after the opener, before launching immediately into 'U Don't Know', aided by his sidekick Memphis Bleek.

The set continued with the likes of 'What's My Name', 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder' and new cuts 'Empire State Of Mind' and 'Run This Town', although the biggest surprise came when the rapper closed his set by signalling to his onstage DJ to play Oasis' 'Wonderwall', which he got the crowd to loudly singalong with.

Returning for the encore, Jay-Z asked them which of his hits they'd like to hear, before proceeding to perform snippets of 'Money Ain't A Thang', 'Excuse Me Miss', 'Lucifer', 'Big Pimpin', 'Izzo (H.O.V.A)' and 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)'.

He finally brought the show to a close with 'Encore', singling out individual members of the crowd and thanking them personally for coming.

Source: www.nme.com

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