By Daniel Montalto
The guests may still be lined up around the block, freezing their butts off as they wait to get into the official Youth Inaugural Ball, but for those of us lucky enough to be working this event, the action is well under way. And if the rehearsals are even close to the real thing, tonight’s guests are in for some amazing performances.
Crews have been busy nailing, taping and dressing the ballroom for the party, but as they worked, they were just treated to a full-on soundcheck by Fall Out Boy. I don’t want to give everything away, but they powered through “I Don’t Care” and their newest single “America’s Suitehearts.” They were sporting some pretty sweet light-up instruments as well.
Kanye’s band took the stage next and jammed without him for a while, until ‘Ye showed up to sing on “Amazing.” No Young Jeezy sightings to report just yet. Don’t really want to give away much more, but I will say that Kanye’s currently bringing down the (now empty) house with “Love Lockdown.” Kanye may just be getting warmed up, but so far, fans expecting vintage Kanye material will be disappointed. Luckily for me, 808s & Heartbreak is exactly what I’m looking to hear tonight.
Kanye just asked that no one take any photos because he’s “not dressed yet,” so I can’t send the picture we just took. He said it’s OK “to put it on your MySpace, though.” Unfortunately, I’m more of a Facebook guy.
Watch “Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural” online now, and come back Thursday for the full performances from Kanye West, Kid Rock and Fall Out Boy. Stick with us for wall-to-wall coverage of the inauguration and of the scenes in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Kenya.