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Kanye West tour kicks off with controversy, “unforeseen circumstances”

Only one show in, the Kanye West tour has hit a number of snags, including a canceled date and controversial theatrics and merchandise.

According to YouTube videos and reports from the tour, which kicked off in Seattle on Saturday, West’s show includes a man onstage dressed as Jesus. Some have also taken issue with the t-shirts being sold on the tour. With ’80s heavy metal themes, one shirt uses imagery taken from the Confederate flag. Another reportedly depicts a skeleton in a Native American headdress and traditional garb with the text, “God Wants You.”

If that wasn’t enough, XXL Magazine is reporting that the tour’s second stop in Vancouver was canceled mere hours before West was set to hit the stage. Citing “unforeseen circumstances,” rumors are circulating that an equipment truck was stolen. The show was been rescheduled for Oct. 31. West is scheduled to stop at Pepsi Center in Denver on Nov. 3.

Kanye West tour dates:

Oct. 22 San Jose, CA SAP Center * #
Oct. 23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena * #
Oct. 25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena * ^
Oct. 26 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center * #

Nov. 1 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena * #
Nov. 3 Denver, CO Pepsi Center * #
Nov. 5 Minneapolis, MN Target Center * #
Nov. 7 Chicago, IL United Center * #
Nov. 10 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills * #
Nov. 12 Toronto, Ont. Air Canada Centre * #
Nov. 14 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre #
Nov. 16 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center ^
Nov. 17 Boston, MA TD Garden * #
Nov. 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center * ^
Nov. 21 Washington, DC Verizon Center #
Nov. 23 New York, NY Madison Square Garden * ^
Nov. 29 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena * #
Nov. 30 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum ^

Dec. 1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena #
Dec. 6 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center #
Dec. 7 Houston, TX Toyota Center #

# With Kendrick Lamar

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Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.