Kanye West has, once again, delayed the upcoming Vancouver venue for his Yeezus tour, after mayhem involving a truck crash.
On Sept. 6, 2013, much to the delirious excitement of his fanbase, West announced that he would be headlining a tour for Yeezus, representing his first solo tour effort in five years.
West was originally slated to commence the Vancouver stretch of his tour on Oct. 20, but had to postpone, until Oct. 31. Rumor suggests the delay to have been associated with complications involving stage preparations; frankly, from the highly intricate and eccentric demonstration that was presented during the tour’s Seattle opening, it’s no wonder.
Truck Crash Destroys Stage Equipment Vital to Kanye’s “Creative Vision”
Now, the Vancouver venue has been postponed for a second time, alongside upcoming tour dates for Denver (Nov. 3) and Minneapolis (Nov. 5). However, it is said that all three shows will be rescheduled at some point in the future.
A statement was released by Def Jam Records, citing a truck crash as the reason for the unfortunate setback. Several key pieces of stage equipment are said to have been damaged during the incident, including a custom-manufactured video truss and a 60 foot circular LED screen. The items were in the process of being transported to Vancouver, on Oct. 30, when the fated accident transpired.
According to MTV.com, a representative from Def Jam issued the following statement:
“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.”
The Yeezus Seattle Show
The Yeezus tour kicked off with a flourish in Seattle, on Oct. 19, before moving on to other major cities, including Las Vegas and Los Angeles. During the Seattle rendition of his
show, the Jesus Walks singer performed a number of tracks from his latest album, before moving on to sing short snippets of his previous hits.
West donned a selection of sparkly masks throughout much of his performance, which took place at the fore of a rather impressive backdrop. Looming ominously in the background was an enormous pyramidal mountain. Kanye belted out a number of chart-topping hits, including Gold Digger, Good Life and Can’t Tell Me Nothing, from atop a triangular platform.
It was around the one hour and 15 minute mark that things started to take a unique turn. The giant pyramid cracked open to reveal a number of biblical figures, supposedly portraying the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Kanye eventually held a brief conversation with Jesus, which went as follows:
Kanye West: “White Jesus. Is that you? I’ve been looking for you my whole life, man.”
Jesus: “But I found you. I’ve been here the whole time.”
The scene continued with West pretending to have inadvertently uttered profanities in front of the make-believe Jesus. Ultimately, this provoked an element of backlash from one or two members of the crowd, according to Yahoo! Music’s Billy Johnson, Jr. For example, one individual is reported to have claimed that Kanye West took the scene too far.
In responding to the commotion, Kanye West took to the airwaves of San Francisco’s KMEL radio station. The rapper, who is renowned for using religious symbolism in his work, discussed the inspiration behind the act, explaining that it was merely an innocent homage to Jesus. He also indicated that he had sought the advice of his friend, Pastor Rich, who has a church in Miami. According to Kanye, the pastor was very supportive.
Meanwhile, the next stop on West’s itinerary, regarding the illustrious Yeezus tour, is the rapper’s home city of Chicago, which is slated to take place on Nov. 7, at the United Center.
by James Fenner