One the biggest tours of 2011 makes its way to D.C. as Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” tour hits Verizon Center on Thursday. As of late Wednesday afternoon there were small handfuls of tickets left — single seats very close to the stage, pairs very far away from it — but this is a sold-out show for all intents and purposes. That means it will be a madhouse at the Phone Booth tonight. So here’s some information to help make sure you don’t miss a minute.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. but will call opens at 5 p.m. If you can get over to Verizon Center early to pick up your tickets, you will save yourself quite a headache. Because I can promise you this — the closer it gets to show time, the crazier it will be near will call. All it takes is one person insisting his tickets are there and sending a VC employee on a wild goose chase for non-existent tickets to bring the line to a halt.
The 7:30 p.m. time on your ticket (if you were smart enough to print at home) is not when the music will start. In Baltimore on Tuesday, the duo took the stage around 8:45. On opening night in Atlanta it was 9 p.m. You will probably want to be in your seat by 8:30 to be safe. There will be no opening act and there's no intermission.
No cameras or video cameras will be allowed. Your bag will be searched when you enter, so fair warning. This was also an interesting note that we received from the folks at Verizon Center: “Any gifts brought to the show will need to be left at the doors with security personnel.” Those personnel will make sure Kanye gets that vest you embroidered just for him. And even with the show’s two-and-a-half hour runtime, there’s still plenty of time to take Metro home after the show.