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Kanye West puts tour on hold indefinitely due to damaged equipment, artistic vision

Kanye West just launched his Yeezus tour, but many of the show's dates have been postponed.

Kanye West puts tour on hold indefinitely due to damaged equipment, artistic vision

Kanye West performs at the BET Awards  in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
Kanye West performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Kanye West just launched his Yeezus tour, but many of the show’s dates have been postponed. Shows in Vancouver, B.C., Denver, Colorado, Anaheim, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota have all been postponed.

The Vancover show was originally set to take place on Oct. 20, but was cancelled just hours before its start. A rain date was promised for Oct. 31. On Thursday evening, the night of the rescheduled date, Kanye West, for the second time, canceled the show at Rogers Arena, reports The Province. Unfortunately, the vehicle carrying an essential piece of the tour’s stage setup got into an accident and damaged the cargo – a 60-ft LED screen. West did not want to compromise his artistic vision – if you’ve seen his shows, you know he’s not one for mediocre presentations – so he had no choice but to scrap the whole concert.

It’s been a disappointing start to the tour, but things are about to get even more disappointing for fans. Kanye West’s publicist issued a statement regarding Thursday’s canceled show. Summary: The entire Yeezus tour is postponed until further notice. Here is the statement:

Yesterday, on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair.

This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA.

As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated.

Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans.

The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.

Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
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