Kanye West and Lady Gaga's massive co-headlining "Fame Kills" tour, which was scheduled to kick off Nov. 10 in Phoenix, AZ, has been canceled.
A statement released by the tour promoter, Live Nation, does not give a reason for the cancellation, but Friday at an event in New York City, Gaga explained:
"Well, actually, it was a mutual decision to cancel the tour," she told MTV News. "But I'm not taking any time off, so I'll be leaving just a week later than I was supposed to on my own solo tour. It will be the same places. So I will see you guys there."
Gaga added that an announcement about which artists will be joining her on the new tour will be made soon. She also said fans can expect an entirely new stage show than planned for the "Fame Kills" outing. "In respects to the creative work that [Kanye and I] did together, I won't be doing any of the things that we designed for the tour," she explained. "It will be entirely new and it will be just as amazing and memorable and epic."
Mutual decision or not, TMZ is reporting that poor ticket sales are responsible for the scrapped tour, which, at first glance, is odd considering Kanye -- with 15 million albums moved worldwide -- sold out his "Glow in the Dark" tour in 2008. Plus, Gaga is a huge breakout artist; she's sold 25 million downloads of her singles and sold-out her international "Fame Ball" tour in early 2009 on the strength of hits like "Poker Face." [Via Lady Gaga]
But there's two decisive arguments to this claim: First, ticket prices start at a steep $150. Second, despite his emotional apology on The Jay Leno Show, Kanye has become the subject of public backlash for his invasion of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs.
TMZ also claims that "West and Gaga's people were at each others throats... [and] when it came down do it, we're told Gaga decided she'd be better off playing smaller venues... and far from the headache caused by Kanye's ever present drama."
A Live Nation spokesperson was unavailable at press time.