By Sean Lynch
Kanye West’s first solo tour in five years hasn’t exactly been easy since its inaugural show in Seattle back on October 19. Last week it was announced that the Yeezus tour would be forced to take an unexpected hiatus, the second setback in just twelve days, but now things are finally getting back on schedule.
The first setback West’s camp faced was postponing the second date, which would’ve have Ye performing in Vancouver. After rescheduling the date for October 30, West ran into another bump in the road when the truck carrying the video truss and a 60-foot circular LED screen was in an accident. The truck was making its way to the Vancouver stop only to be derailed, leaving the truss and screen damaged.
Today Def Jam announced that the tour would in fact resume on November 16, at it’s original stop of Philadelphia. Some key dates including, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit were forced to be rescheduled. While the dates of Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis and St. Louis were unfortunately cancelled.
With the show back on track: Are all of West’s headaches solved? Not quite. One lingering social-conversation surrounds West’s choice and use of the Confederate Flag. The Chicago rapper unveiled a new line tour merchandise, some of which is currently available at PacSun.
While those pieces distributed by the surf/skate mall-chain did not appear with the controversial insignia, his Los Angeles pop-up store carries an extended line.
West is certainly not afraid of the controversy surrounding the confederate-motif. The “New Slaves” rapper opened up about the use of the flag during a press-run. “The Confederate flag represented slavery in a way. That’s my abstract take on what I know about it, right? So I wrote the song, ’New Slaves,” explained West on 97.1 AMP Radio. “So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what you gonna do?”
While the general public debates Kanye’s motives behind his merchandise, sneaker fans are at their wits end with the rapper. Nike has yet to deliver the Yeezy 2’s, otherwise known as the “Red Octobers.” A quick check of the calendar shows the month of November, with fans begging the question: Where are you Yeezy?