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article imageKanye West's Vancouver concert cancelled only hours before start

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Hip-Hop artist Kanye West literally left fans out in the cold - okay, Vancouver wasn't that cold today - by cancelling his Sunday evening concert only hours before it was to begin. It was rescheduled for Halloween night, Thursday Oct. 31.
The concert was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and the cancellation was announced by staff at Vancouver's Rogers Arena, where it was to take place, at 2:30 p.m.. The reason given was "unforeseen circumstances."
Kanye West concert cancellation rumors
Rumors surrounding the cancellation have already begun, with Twitter and other social media suggesting that a truck carrying equipment for the show was stolen in Seattle Saturday night. Those rumors have not been verified.
Others have suggested that the massive stage show proved too large to be set up the night following a concert in another city (West kicked-off his tour at Seattle's KeyArena Saturday night). There are other back-to-back concerts on West's 'Yeezus Tour', including Tuesday, Oct. 22 in San Jose and the following night in Oakland.
Fans angry about Kanye West cancellation
Some fans were not impressed. "I just want to say, cancelling a show so last minute like this and then re-scheduling...its not something you do," Daniel Popovski told the Vancouver Sun. "And this isn't Kanye's first time cancelling a show in Vancouver. His Vancouver show with Lady Gaga a few years back was flat out cancelled.
"I think Vancouver fans have a right to be angry, whether or not this latest issue was Kanye's fault or not," Popovski added. "Some compensation or at least an apology is due, especially for people who came from out of town. Not cool, Kanye!"
A woman said she's a single mother who brought her 13-year-old and his friend over from Victoria, spending money on travel and a hotel and that it was too late for them to cancel their lodgings.
That was a familiar refrain, with fans even flying out from cities such as Calgary, Edmonton and Regina for the concert. Many fans aren't interested in their tickets being honored on Halloween night, saying they can't afford to return to Vancouver a second time.
There's been no word on whether there'll be refunds for fans not able to attend the rescheduled concert. The concert was to feature new-comer Kendrick Lamar.
In a similar incident, Canadian rapper Drake cancelled a Philadelphia show, also Saturday, the promoter citing technical reasons. That concert was not cancelled until an hour after it was to start and fans were in the arena; it's been rescheduled for December 18.
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