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.
Kanue West has been so prominent in the music industry that it just doesn't seem like five years since his last major solo tour, does it? But that is, in fact, the case with the upcoming Yeezus Tour. The outing, which will visit more than 20 cities, will feature Kendrick Lamar as the opening act for most dates, with other guests for the remaining dates to be announced. It begins on October 19 at KeyArena in Seattle, WA, and end on December 7 at Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
Aside from a couple one-off performances earlier this year and five dates in July and December of last year, and a couple other one-offs and festival appearances, most of West's touring activities have been as part of double-headliners. He toured with Jay-Z in 2011 and 2012, and was to be part of an ultimately cancelled double-headliner with Lady Gaga in 2009 and 2010.
See below the for U.S. dates and visit the Kanye West page for more information on tickets.