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The disappearing Kanye West, Lady Gaga tour dates

September 15, 2009 |  6:38 pm


Is Kanye West about to make good on his promise to take some time off? Could the fallout from his interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech actually persuade the artist to stay home this fall?

That all may sound a bit drastic -- and perhaps a bit unlikely -- but there appears to be a burgeoning mystery surrounding his upcoming Fame Kills tour with Lady Gaga, which was reported to go on sale this week. The full dates were first revealed on the website for industry trade Pollstar yesterday morning, but no official information from either West or Lady Gaga’s camp has followed.

This morning, however, a smattering of tour dates for the trek were listed in the Ticketmaster website. They have since been removed. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Ticketmaster currently lists no upcoming dates for West.

Thanks to the power of Google cache, one can call up one of the first listings – a Dec. 12 date in Greensboro, N.C. Internet presales for some of the dates were initially listed to go on sale Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., but now that seems unlikely as it's only hours away and no official information on the tour has been released.

West and Lady Gaga are reported to be scheduled to play the Staples Center on Nov. 16 in Los Angeles, according to the dates released on Pollstar.com. AEG Live, which owns the downtown arena, declined to comment and instead referred questions to Live Nation, which is promoting the tour.

A spokesman for Live Nation, based in Los Angeles, said he had no information regarding a West/Lady Gaga date in Los Angeles and no details on when the tour would be announced.

A spokesman for Lady Gaga says the initial run of dates circulating the Web are not confirmed, adding that the package tour has not even been announced. “Live Nation has yet to officially announce the tour and the correct routing,” says the spokesman. The tour was initially revealed by West on “The View” back in June.

Pollstar dates tend to be accurate, and official tour routes are not revealed until all the dotted lines have been signed. It’s unlikely an arena tour of this magnitude would be called off; it's more likely that West and Lady Gaga are waiting for the controversy to die down.

Still, last night on the premiere of Jay Leno’s new talk show, West apologized to Swift for jumping on stage and taking over her MTV Video Music Awards nomination speech, and hinted that he may be disappearing from the public eye.

"Obviously, I deal with hurt, and so many celebrities, they never take the time off, and I never took the time off, really," West explained. "I've really never taken the time off. It's been music after music and tour after tour. And I'm just ashamed my hurt caused someone else hurt."

A representative for West has not returned calls or e-mails in the wake of the MTV VMA appearance.

We’ll update this blog as soon as we have more news, including any on-sale or tour date information. Pop & Hiss covered West’s appearance in Austin, Texas, in March, and found the artist transforming the moody electronic songs of “808s and Heartbreak” to work within a live band, resulting in more energetic, positive statements.

--Todd Martens

Screenshot: Ticketmaster.com