No wonder 'Ye took his show off the road. One day after Kanye West's announcement that he was postponing several concerts on his Yeezus Tour following an accident involving one of his freight trucks, Us Weekly has obtained an exclusive photo the truck in question -- and it's not pretty.
The entire front of the truck is completely smashed in, and the windshield is cracked and splintered in several places. As previously reported, the truck was carrying the rapper's custom-made video truss and 60-foot circular LED screen, both of which are now badly damaged.
According to a tour insider, the entire truss (or support system) needs to be rebuilt in order to ensure that there are no fractures that "might fail under the stress of the structure," which weighs 30,000 pounds and moves around above both the stage and the audience.
"The only fail safe way to ensure that the structure is safe is to replace it 100 percent," the source says.
The equipment was damaged in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 31, on a section of California's Interstate 5 known as "The Grapevine." West's team said in a statement later that day that all shows would be put on hold until the gear could be replaced.
"The 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," the statement read. "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."
It continued: "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."