Kanye West Yeezus Tour comes to Hamilton Tuesday
Canadian leg of Yeezus Tour plagued by cancellations and delays
Hamilton's FirstOntario Centre is about to get one of the biggest stars it has seen since its recent name change, as hip-hop titan Kanye West brings his Yeezus Tour to the arena Tuesday night.
The tour is to promote West's confrontational record, Yeezus, which has garnered a sterling critical response.
However, the Canadian leg of the Yeezus Tour has so far left many fans disappointed, after last-minute cancellations and multiple postponements.
His Vancouver appearance, initially scheduled for Oct. 20, 2013, was eventually cancelled after being delayed twice. So was the Montreal gig, originally set for Nov. 14. The November shows in Toronto were also postponed to December.
The Hamilton performance is the last show in Canada, as the North American leg of the Yeezus Tour wraps up in February.
February also marks the 10-year anniversary of West's debut album The College Dropout. His decade-long career, however, comes with a string of controversies.
U.S. President Barack Obama called the rapper a "jackass" after West took the stage to protest Taylor Swift's win in the best female video category at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
More recently, he was engaged in a bitter feud with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel last year after a skit poking fun at West ran on ABC's program Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The provocative artist was also blasted for using the U.S. Confederate flag on concert merchandise to promote his album.
His rants and antics are some of the reasons why Emmalene Pruden, a mother of two from Hamilton, said she will not be going to his concert on Tuesday.
“I personally think Kanye West is part of what's wrong with today's society," she said. "He is rude, arrogant, and quite possibly an egomaniac.”
Pruden said she was surprised to find out that one of her daughters listens to West's music.
“He's not a very good role model,” she told CBC Hamilton.
The Hamilton show opens on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
With files from The Canadian Press