The “Fame Kills” tour is dead.
In a terse statement issued today, promoter Live Nation announced “that the Kanye West and Lady Gaga ‘Fame Kills’ tour has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online and via phone will be refunded automatically.”
No reason for the outing was given, however a number of outlets, including In Style and Star magazines are reporting that West is headed to rehab.
Additionally, West was still under a black cloud of negative publicity after he crashed Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at Sept. 13 MTV Video Music Awards. For those with short memories, West rushed the stage, grabbed the microphone from a stunned Swift, and declared that Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” was one of the videos of all time,” implying that Beyonce should have captured the trophy for best female video rather than the budding country superstar. Prior to the awards show, he was seen swigging from a bottle of Hennessy.
West went on “The Jay Leno Show” the next night and attempted to redeem himself and indicated that he planned to take some time off to “reevaluate his career” and to properly mourn his mother’s death. Following those comments, many observers were surprised when mere days later, the dates for the West/Gaga tour were announced (although the tour had been planned for months).
The tour was slated to start Nov. 10. Representatives for both acts were unavailable for comment by press time, according to the AP. Live Nation had no further comment.