Kanye West Chicago listening party will not require proof of COVID vaccination

Chicago native's latest album, 'Donda,' named for Kanye West's mother

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Kanye West holds DONDA listening party at Soldier Field
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Kanye West is holding a listening party for his new album "DONDA," featuring a replica of his own childhood South Side home-turned-church in Soldier Field Thursday night.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Soldier Field has been transforming this week for Thursday's Kanye West listening party.

No proof of COVID vaccination is required for Thursday night's show, which will be a "listening experience" for the Chicago native's new album "Donda," named for West's mother.

The rapper and producer's outdoor event will accommodate 38,000 people, and while there is no vaccine or negative COVID test requirement to attend, you can get the shot at the stadium.

More than 1,500 doses will be available to concertgoers.

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Chopper7HD flew over the stadium on Tuesday for a look at the setup, which includes a reconstruction of West's childhood home.

Soldier Field and the city teamed up to the vaccinations for people who have not gotten their shot yet, and they'll assist with setting up a second dose at a later date, Rolling Stone reported.

The vaccines will be available at Gate 8 at the southeast corner of the stadium.

Tickets to the concert went on sale last Friday, and the event is set to start at 9 p.m., but West is known to be late.

This is the third listening party for his 10th album, and tickets started at $150. West had previously lived underneath a stadium in Atlanta to work on the album while holding his first two listening parties.

Kanye West new name?

West also made news Tuesday when he filed court documents to legally change his name. The Los Angeles Superior Court filing says the 44-year-old wants to get rid of his full name - Kanye Omari West - in favor of just his longtime two-letter nickname, Ye, with no middle name or last name.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.