Some Kanye West shows have been canceled and/or postponed, and I admit that this is only news in the way "Dog Bites Man Really, Really Hard" is news. Buying a ticket to a Kanye West show is a little like preordering Chinese Democracy in 2000: You're pretty sure you're going to get what you're looking for eventually, but it's too late to act surprised when something weird happens in the meantime.
Multiple early shows on the Yeezus tour (featuring Jesus) have been affected so far, but at present it looks like Phoenix fans are in luck.
In Kanye's defense, this month's issues don't seem to be his own doing, at least not directly. Word out of the tour is that a a truck accident on the road damaged the bespoke "60-foot circular LED screen" that plays a not-insignificant part in his incredibly elaborate show.
This happened on October 30; in the immediate aftermath the Vancouver, Denver, and Minneapolis shows were postponed. But the way they were rescheduled suggests Phoenix just might be late enough in the tour that it will go on as scheduled--December 10 at US Airways Center. A show in Anaheim, among the first to be rescheduled, was dropped back into the schedule on December 13.
There's no confirmation yet, but for now we can rest assured that Kanye's people believe they can create a second 60-foot circular LED screen by a few days after the Phoenix show, which was part of a second wave of tour announcements. At the moment, even Kanye's hometown performance at the United Center--scheduled for later this week--is still on, though the Sun-Times says they're in doubt.
We've got an early tour video and the full press release on Page 2, if you're looking to apply some pre-show kremlinology to either one.
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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 some of the shows on 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.