Kanye West was forced to postpone a Vancouver date during the first week of his Yeezus Tour — possibly due to complications with the intricate stage setup — and now an accident that resulted in damaged tour gear will cause a few additional delays.
The Yeezus Tour kicked off in Seattle on October19 and has continued through cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles, but the upcoming tour dates for Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis will now be postponed.
According to a statement from Def Jam Records, a truck carrying a custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen for the tour was in an accident en route to Vancouver on Wednesday (October 30). The gear was damaged beyond repair and will have to be replaced before the show carries on.
“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,” a representative for Def Jam said in the statement. “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.” More details on the postponed tour dates will be announced shortly.
Kanye definitely got the crowd’s attention during his first few shows, where he was joined on stage by a special guest–an actor dressed as Jesus. “White Jesus, is that you?” ’Ye asked the actor, who appeared on the stage as he got ready to perform “Jesus Walks.”
’Ye later explained Jesus’ appearance in a radio interview.
“I had a friend of mine who’s a pastor there as we started discussing how we want to deliver it,” he said. “My girl even asked afterwards, ’Hmm, is that weird if Jesus comes on stage?’ No, we do plays all the time. People play Jesus. You know what’s awesome about Christianity is we’re allowed to portray God? We’re allowed to draw image of him, we’re allowed to make movies about him. Other religions you’re not allowed to do that. That’s what’s really awesome about Christianity. That’s one of the awesome things.”