Date: April 16, 2008 - December 7, 2008
Production designers: Kanye West, Es Devlin, Martin Phillips, John McGuire
Lighting designers: Martin Phillips, John McGuire
Music performed: The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s and Heartbreak
Few knew that Kanye's mind-blowing Glow in the Dark tour would be his last solo one for a very long time. Those who were lucky enough to see it witnessed a total artistic experience—one where the stage design and set list intertwined to create the narrative of Kanye coming to Earth on a spaceship. Kanye led the production design himself, also enlisting the help of veterans and frequent collaborators Es Devlin, Martin Phillips, and John McGuire to create original visuals, stages (one resembling a giant moon), props (including a giant monster and a robot for "Gold Digger"), and light sequences.
It was a huge success, so much that the tour got its own book, Glow in the Dark, photographed by Nabil Elderkin with behind-the-scenes planning and sketching for both Kanye and opening acts N.E.R.D., Lupe Fiasco, and Rihanna.