Langara students upset over Kanye West’s delayed concert
Langara College students with tickets for the Oct. 20 show of West’s solo Yeezus tour were left all dressed up with nowhere to party, including Langara arts student Joey Kishiuchi.
“I was pretty upset. The whole day was planned out for the concert and we had a limo bought and everything,” he said.
Rumours on Twitter broke the news
Following a sparse press release from Rogers Arena announcing the postponement, Twitter users spread rumors of a truck theft, border troubles and production complications.
Langara photography student Daniella Dolmans found out last-minute this way:
“I was actually just about to leave my house and then my boyfriend was on Twitter and saw rumours about it being cancelled. I ended up calling Ticketmaster and they said it was cancelled. I haven’t actually found what the real reason is, which is really frustrating.”
Kim Kardashian to blame?
Langara business student Jamie Toor didn’t care for rumors that West snubbed Vancouver to propose to girlfriend Kim Kardashian. West expressed his eternal love to Kardashian on her birthday the next evening at the AT&T Stadium in San Francisco with a flawless diamond, pyrotechnics and a full orchestra.
“That would just make me more mad about it. I don’t want to believe it,” said Toor. “There were seven of us going and it was really frustrating when he cancelled because we didn’t know why.”
Kanye losing out over other hip hop artists on Halloween
Dolmans said she was “really pissed off” about the postponement, but mostly wanted to see the opening act, Kendrick Lamar, anyway. In fact – and don’t tell West this – she might spend her Halloween with another hip hop artist, Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future.
“I actually have tickets for the Earl concert that day, so I have to sell one of my tickets. It’s just kind of inconvenient,” she said.
Kishiuchi and Toor both say they’ll catch West on the new date and have rescheduled their Halloween plans instead.
“We’re still going to go and we’re probably just going to party this weekend,” said Kishiuchi. “[We’ll] just try to make the best of it.”
Days before the show there were nearly 2,000 listings on Craigslist for tickets, with single-ticket prices ranging from $20 to $475.
Hopefully the rescheduled show will be a treat, not a trick, for West’s Vancouver fans.
UPDATE: West’s concert that was scheduled Oct.31 is now cancelled due to damages to the LED screen that would’ve been used in the show.
Reported by Nick Eagland