KANYE West’s Donda listening party in Chicago “will NOT require vaccination or negative Covid tests” from fans.
The rapper is constructing a replica of his childhood home inside a Chicago stadium for the event.
The party for Kanye’s upcoming album, Donda, will be held on August 26 at Soldier Field, where 38,000 fans will be in attendance – a reduction from the stadium’s 63,000 people limit.
Chicago Park District spokeswoman Michele Lemons told the Chicago Tribune that the city is taking safety precautions by limiting capacity.
She explained: “Kanye West’s performance is one of many examples that show that Chicago can be open and safe at the same time.”
“We have worked with Soldier Field on COVID-19 safety protocols, as we have other venues including Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Fields, and feel this event can be safely held with the proper mitigation efforts in place,” she added.
In true Kanye fashion, the songwriter is planning a memorable event for listeners by recreating the mid-western city home he was raised in.
Over the weekend, the singer shared a photo of the middle-class abode to his Instagram, a small blue structure with a deteriorating exterior.
On Monday, the Kanye fan account @WestSubEver posted a picture snapped of the replicated structure during construction on Soldier Field in the Chicago stadium.
From the image, one could see the same light blue paint and box-like structure of the home as in the father of three’s photo from last week.
This is the third listening event for the album, after the 44-year-old hosted the first two at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Grammy-award winner has ignited frustration in thousands of fans as he continues to delay the release of his 10th studio album, Donda, named after his late mother.
Kanye formerly promised fans he would drop Donda on August 6 after bypassing the original release date of July 23.
However, after the first and second live stream events ended, the album was still not released.
Fans have ransacked Twitter with furious messages about the album’s continued delay.
“So Kanye is doing another listening party on the 26th? This guy is making money by fooling us,” one ranted.
“Kanye lied to us, he been saying he releasing Donda for a month now,” another claimed.
A third fumed: “Where the f**k is Donda, Kanye.. I’m starting to get mad bro.”
The legendary music producer is notorious for dropping music on his own schedule and for repeatedly missing release dates.
Kanye’s last album, 2019’s Jesus Is King, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.