Dave Kotinsky/Getty ImagesA lot of people really wanted to see Kanye West Sunday — enough that the mere rumor of a pop-up show drew a crowd of thousands that closed streets in New York City.
It started Sunday morning, when organizers cancelled the third and final day of annual Governors Ball concert due to bad weather. Kanye, who was among the acts scheduled to perform, instead headed to New Jersey to take part in the Summer Jam concert there — which is when he and especially his producer, Mike Dean, began hinting hard that he’d do a pop-up show at NYC’s Webster Hall at 2:00 a.m. Monday.
Show at 2am SOLD OUT
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 6, 2016
We made history tonight. Pablo mob.
— MIKE DEAN! #MWA (@therealmikedean) June 6, 2016
By the appointed time, over 4,000 people had showed up ready to party at the venue, which by the way only holds 1,500 people. The crowd filled the streets of West Manhattan for blocks, prompting police to show up to urge the crowd — at this point literally climbing buildings and vehicles — to leave, and Webster Hall to tweet that there was no show.
There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight. Please get home safely.
— Webster Hall (@WebsterHall) June 6, 2016
Kanye himself eventually rolled up and, by all accounts, tried to make the show happen, even if it meant holding it in the streets. But even he bowed to the inevitable and, after taking a few laps in a car with wife Kim Kardashian West, gave up on the idea.
Wednesday’s Kanye’s 38th birthday, by the way. Word is he told the crowd the pop-up show would be in celebration of the milestone. Happy birthday, ‘Ye.
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