The highly anticipated “Fame Kills” tour featuring Kanye West and Lady Gaga has been cancelled. Live Nation, who had been promoting the tour, have provided refunds to all ticket sales and have offered no explanation as to why the tour has been dumped before it had even begun. People are already speculating as to why the tour was called off so early and sources at TMZ have already claimed that the tour was called off due to ticket presale totals that “sucked.” TMZ even went so far as to say that, “’sucked’ happens to be a nicer version of the word we were told.”
The massive slump in ticket sales for such a prestigious tour seems difficult to comprehend, even with the events at last month’s MTV VMA awards when West stormed the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech and then apologized multiple times after the fact. This wasn’t the first “dick move” by the narcissistic pop star and his previous actions didn’t hurt the ticket sales of his “Glow in the Dark” tour, which sold out in spite of his previous outbursts. Lady Gaga is also rising swiftly up the ranks of pop superstardom. Her concerts are regularly sold out and she, herself, took home 3 VMA Moonmen after being nominated in nine categories.
But when West took the microphone from Swift, many thought that he had finally gone too far. Not that his misplaced enthusiasm was so deplorable that he should have a pair of those shutter-shades shoved down his throat (although some celebrities have said otherwise), but this was just another instance to check off on the “Reasons to Dislike Kanye West” checklist. Personally, I think that you only have to look at his mediocre rapping talent to form an opinion about how much credit he deserves, but radio stations in Florida and California have banned West’s music from their broadcasts due to his actions.
With so much public outcry and the cancellation of a major tour, are fans of pop music finally starting to scrutinize these over-hyped stars they are expected to fawn over? One can only hope.