I like Kanye West. I like his music and I miss the days when he was always tweeting on Twitter and I honestly find him endlessly entertaining. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that Kanye is messy. He's always involved in some kind of controversy. Sometimes I think Kanye's right; sometimes I think he's wrong; and sometimes, I'm just here to be entertained. So here are some of Kanye West's major controversies, starting with one not-so-great one that happened this weekend.
Kanye West vs. Concert Etiquette
Over the weekend, Kanye performed in Sydney, Australia. Before singing his song "Good Life," he wanted everyone in the audience to stand. When two wouldn't, Kanye grew annoyed. "There's literally two people left," Kanye said, according to reports. "This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song. ... It’s unbelievable." As it turned out, the two concertgoers in question couldn't stand; one had a prosthetic limb while the other was in a wheelchair. It made for a supremely awkward and unfortunate moment — one which Kanye has yet to apologize for. Yikes.
Even though the first full week post-New Year is relatively low-key one, there are some things to discuss. There are a few major concert events including Kanye West and the Allman Brothers Band, and some sports events such as New York Yankees Spring Training and UFC 170.
First up, Kanye West has added nine more dates to his Yeezus Tour, which will go on sale this Friday. If you recall, West cancelled some dates in late 2013 due to damaged equipment meant to be part of the stage setup. The added dates are all new and not make-ups for the cancelled ones. Cities being visited include Baltimore, MD; Albany, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; and Newark, NJ.
Also on Friday, there are onsales for the Allman Brothers Band's latest run at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Announced on December 31, this year the band will be at the Beacon from March 7 to March 22.
Finally, there are a number of other concert and sports onsales, including Elton John, Yankees Spring Training, and UFC 170 on Friday; Monster Jam on Saturday; and Lady Gaga and Stars on Ice on Monday.
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Kanye West announced he will be adding at least seven additional U.S. tour dates to his most recent tour, extending the Yeezus Tour into 2014. The next leg begins Feb. 13 in University Park, PA. Other cities that will be added to his tour roster included Baltimore, MD; Newark, NJ; and Albany, NY.
The dates are part of West's first solo tour in five years. Rapper Kendrick Lamar joined West on most of the 2013 tour dates. However, the Yeezus Tour proved to be challenging when it suffered a setback in November. West had to postpone and cancel several tour dates due to equipment that was damaged.
The 2013 Yeezus tour was the second highest grossing tour of 2013. See below for the 2014 U.S. dates and visit the Kanye West page for more information on tickets (which officially go on sale Jan. 10).
Kanye West is the latest artist to announce some of his tour dates will need to be postponed. The Yeezus tour, which was scheduled to stop in Vancouver, B.C.; Denver, CO; and Minneapolis, MN. These three dates have now been postponed, due to the damage of a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows.
The equipment was damaged in an accident on Oct. 31, when West was scheduled to perform in Vancouver. According to a press release on his site:
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.
Earlier this month, West had to re-schedule his Vancouver date from Oct. 20 to Oct. 31. The original show was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances."
West's tour is scheduled to resume Nov. 7 in Chicago, IL. No word yet on when his Vancouver, Denver, and Minneapolis shows will be rescheduled.