Kanye West fans rethink devotion after L.A. concert cancellation
A day after ending his Sacramento concert just 30 minutes after it began, Kanye West canceled his performance Sunday in Los Angeles at the last minute, leaving Southern California fans just as upset as those he angered in the capital city.
On an unusually damp and dreary Los Angeles night, some fans still made it to The Forum in Inglewood before discovering that the concert had been canceled three hours beforehand.
Leanett Cordova, 29, was so frustrated about making the trek from Glendale that she didn’t “have the words for it now.” She said she was done being a fan of West’s.
“He lost one,” she said. “I think he lost plenty of them.”
The concert was scheduled at the last minute Wednesday as a makeup show for a Nov. 3 date in which he had to leave two-thirds of the way into his set due to a hoarse throat. At that show, West offered apologies and refunds to fans, as opposed to the Sacramento concert in which it was hard to discern why he cut out early.
Thousands of Sacramento fans were outraged Saturday night when West abruptly walked off the stage after performing just two songs and then began what seemed like a stream-of-consciousness rant against everything from MTV to Hillary Clinton. Sacramento Kings players were among the incensed.
Ticketmaster is giving refunds after that show.
Among those rethinking their feelings about the rapper were Kabir Bhullar, 23, and Brandon Mazal, 22.
The friends were “disappointed” and “pissed-off” after driving an hour-and-a-half from Thousand Oaks to celebrate Bhullar’s birthday. They said they would continue to listen to West’s music, but his personality was starting to outweigh his art.
“It’s getting overbearing,” Bhullar said. “I’m not gonna probably stand up for him as much as I used to.”
“I heard that the reason he canceled it was over a beef with Jay Z, which is not a good reason to cancel a make-up show when you already canceled one before,” Mazal added. “So I definitely won’t be listening to as much Kanye West from now on.”
Dev Baruah, 18, and Malik Zait, 18, who had come by train from San Diego, remained in better spirits as they scoped out the parking lot for any lingering merchandise vendors.
“I’m still a huge fan of his,” Zait said of the cancellation. “I just wish he had done it a day before.”
“We basically made the trip for Denny’s,” Baruah added. “Not worth it.”
But the pair said they would attend another West concert “in a heartbeat.” They were excited to see what he might do after the Sacramento show.
“I was kind of expecting him to rant. I was looking forward to it,” Baruah said. “But I was expecting him to perform as well, and he didn’t.”
His next scheduled date is Tuesday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.