Kanye West graciously accepted the Video Vanguard Award at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. / Matt Sayles, Invision/AP

Kanye West graciously accepted the Video Vanguard Award at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. / Matt Sayles, Invision/AP

Since he’s calling his upcoming outing the Saint Pablo Tour, of course Kanye West had to come to St. Paul. The ubiquitous and rarely humble rapper will perform at Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 10, his first Twin Cities performance in eight years – not counting cancelled shows.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com and the arena box office for $27-$127. Pre-sale offers begin today starting with the American Express cardholders’ sale. No opening act has been named.

For all his gossip-column antics and egocentric meanderings, West is still considered a powerhouse rapper and an unusually compelling live performer. His last time in town was on his acclaimed Glow in the Dark Tour date at Target Center in 2008. He was supposed to perform there again in 2013 on his Yeezus Tour, but the show was cancelled shortly after tickets went on sale. He and Jay Z also set a Target Center date together in 2011 on their Watch the Throne Tour, but the plug was pulled on that one before the on-sale.

The St. Paul date comes a month and a half into the itinerary for the Saint Pablo Tour, named after his widely debated new record “The Life of Pablo” – the first album ever to go No. 1 in Billboard based exclusively on streaming.

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