Kanye ends 'Yeezus' tour on LI, packs surprises

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Kanye West performs at Madison Square Garden in Kanye West performs at Madison Square Garden in this Dec. 12, 2012 file image. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

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Glenn Gamboa Newsday columnist Glenn Gamboa

Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.

Kanye West's "Yeezus" North American tour wrapped up at Nassau Coliseum Sunday night with a show packed with surprises.

He pulled out some of his older hits, including "Gold Digger" and his smash with Jay Z, "In Paris," which he normally doesn't perform without him.

He revealed that he argued with Oprah Winfrey about his song "New Slaves" and that he's been talking with therapists to be able to discuss his successes in a more socially acceptable way.

West even signed his microphone, writing, "From Yeezus -- Last show," and gave it to a Yeezus tattoo-bearing fan, who got the honor of rapping the final verse of "Bound2" to end the tour.

The tour has been full of ups and downs since launching in October, as his impressive artistic vision for the songs on his Grammy-nominated "Yeezus" album are balanced with his near-nightly rants about everything from the media to the fashion world.

However, at the Nassau show, he was mainly upbeat, even smiling and joking around.

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Perhaps the changes during the tour -- including the birth of his daughter, North, and his engagement to Kim Kardashian -- have mellowed him.

The "Yeezus" songs are still as stark and hard-hitting as ever, especially on the opening "On Sight" and then "New Slaves," both performed so loudly that the bass actually rattles your chest.

But once Yeezus is blessed by White Jesus and is finally able to reveal his face and shift into party mode, the show was thrilling.

"This is why we do this," West said, enjoying the moment.

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