Date: October 2, 2010 (Saturday Night Live), April 17, 2011 (Coachella), May 20, 2011 (Mawazine World Rhythms Music Festival), August 7, 2011 (Big Chill), September 16, 2011 (Austin City Limits), January 22, 26, and 29, 2012 (Big Day Out Festival)
Stage designer: Es Devlin
Music performed: The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s and Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Coachella and Kanye's subsequent festival shows post-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy were important for many reasons, especially because they were in place of a tour for the album, which was his first LP post-VMAs/Taylor Swift incident.
Es Devlin helped design a tremendously extravagant yet very modern stage. A giant image of a relief panel featuring Athena and Nike fighting Alkyoneus as Gaia rises set the stage for a classically influenced performance containing bustling ballerinas (reminiscent of the "Runaway" performances" and 30-minute film) and slithering synths. The story of Alkyoneus is that he was immortal only as long as he touched the ground, where the power of his mother could flow within him, likely honoring Kanye's late mother, Donda West.
Kanye continued to show his interest in bridging past and the present visual art with his old and new music, as well. The result was powerful, especially during the shows where he began on a lifted crane in the back of the crowd, symbolizing his epic return.