Kanye West Postpones Yeezus Tour After Truck Accident: Rapper "Will Not Compromise" Creative Vision

Entertainment Oct. 31, 2013 AT 6:40PM
Kanye West Kanye West has postponed several shows on his Yeezus Tour following an accident involving one of the trucks carrying his equipment Credit: Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

Kanye West isn't a "show must go on" type of performer. The rapper, 36, has postponed his Yeezus Tour following an accident involving one of the trucks carrying his equipment, his team said in a statement on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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"Yesterday, on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour's custom-made video truss and 60-foot circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair," the statement read. "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."

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The LED screen in question serves as a backdrop for West's show and flashes images and messages to fans throughout the concert. It also offers zoomed-in close-ups of the "Black Skinhead" rapper.

"As a result of this event," the statement continued, "it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated."

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How long that will take is unknown at the moment, but West will not take the stage before it's done. "Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans," the statement added. "The Vancouver, Denver, and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly."

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