The Australian rapper, real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly, touched off a lot of wild rumors when the tour delay was announced two days ago.
Speculation centered on disputes between the 24-year-old rapper and Def Jam Recordings on issues ranging from poor promotion to difficulty working with her. She copped a plea on at least one count during the interview with “Michelle & Booker” on 91.7 AMP Radio.
“It is bumped back because I am a psychopath,” she said, answering a question with self-deprecating humor.
“It is my first arena tour, so it’s a big undertaking and I’m doing a lot of the creative direction, which I do for everything,” she explained. “It’s tough when it’s your first time working on an arena situation.”
Azalea said she has a vision for the show and wants it to be right. But there wasn’t enough time to work out the details and get sets built that met her satisfaction.
“My tour would have been April. So to get this stage done in time, I would be making a lot of sacrifices and cuts and changes and compromises would have had to be made to get this thing done in time. And so I really considered what I do I want to do — keep and honor these dates for my fans, but [not have] the show that I envisioned and kind of promised them. Or do I want to move it and have the absolute best show, the show I envisioned. And obviously I’ve chose to move it.”
Since her “Great Escape Tour,” is her first in 20,000 seat arenas, Azalea says it’s more important to her to create a unique fan experience.
“I don’t want to have an average tour with a normal stage and this kind of thing. I want people to come and really feel they got their money’s worth, and they want to come back and tell their friends about it. So that’s the risk that I took and I hope people can still come.”
Azalea also had kind words to say about Jennifer Hudson, who sang on her latest track, “Trouble” and appeared in her new video. It dropped last week and has already been viewed by more than 8 million times.
Think she can fill a stadium.
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|The Great Escape Revised North American Tour Schedule|
|Friday, Sept. 18||San Diego, CA||Valley View Casino Center|
|Sunday, Sept. 20||Fresno, CA||SaveMart Center|
|Thursday, Sept. 24||Oakland, CA||The Oracle Arena|
|Friday, Sept. 25||Los Angeles, CA||STAPLES Center|
|Tuesday, Sept. 29||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|Thursday, Oct. 1||Minneapolis, MN||Target Center|
|Friday, Oct. 2||Rosemont, IL||Allstate Arena|
|Saturday, Oct. 3||Auburn Hills, MI||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|Monday, Oct. 5||Washington, DC||Verizon Center|
|Tuesday, Oct. 6||Boston, MA||TD Garden|
|Thursday, Oct. 8||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|Saturday, Oct. 10||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|Sunday, Oct.11||Brooklyn, NY||Barclays Center|
|Monday, Oct. 12||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center|
|Thursday, Oct. 15||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|Saturday, Oct. 17||Miami, FL||AmericanAirlines Arena|
|Sunday, Oct. 18||Orlando, FL||Amway Center|
|Thursday, Oct. 22||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|Friday, Oct. 23||Austin, TX||Frank Erwin Center|
|Sunday, Oct. 25||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|Tuesday, Oct. 27||Glendale, AZ||Gila River Arena|