Date: March 16, 2004 - May 5, 2004
Music performed: Get Well Soon... mixtape,The College Dropout
The College Dropout Tour followed the February 10, 2004 release of The College Dropout, Kanye's first album, which debuted at #2 and sold 500,000 copies in the first week. For his first solo tour, which started at Virginia Tech University and ended with three dates at the House of Blues in Chicago, Kanye made sure to go as big as possible (and we're not just talking about the private jet shown in A-Trak's documentary below).
From early on, Kanye demonstrated his perfectionism. The album had been delayed since August 2003, and the tour experienced similar hiccups in planning. With Kanye, though, most have learned that the wait is always worth it. He went on tour, brought the collegiate theme with him (Dropout bear included), and performed in front of a multi-part LED screen (from the images, it looks like seven screens, perhaps a precursor to the seven-screen experience he patented earlier this year). Dilated Peoples opened for him, GLC and John Legend joined the tour, and the rest is both history and a solid foundation for bigger stage design once Kanye got more fans and resources to execute his dreams.