Iggy Azalea Explains Her Great Escape Tour Delay
The rescheduled tour will now kick off in Sept. in San Diego, Calif. and the rapper explained in an interview with 97.1 AMP Radio that she needed that time to perfect all the nuances of it.
"It is bumped back because I am a psychopath. 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 said. "It's tough when it's your first time working on an arena situation."
Azalea noted that the stage she's hoping to take out on the road with her could take up to 6 months to build, which would not fit in the time frame of the tour's originally scheduled April 14 kickoff date.
"My tour would have been April; we have not started building -- that is not 6 months, that is very tight," she said. "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 have not the show that I envisioned and kind of promised them a lesser version of it… Or do I want to move it and have the absolute best show, the show I envisioned," she added. "And obviously I've chosen to move it and have the show I envisioned."
When the tour finally debuts this fall, it will have two new opening acts. Both Nick Jonas and Tinashe have confirmed they won't be on the rescheduled Great Ecape dates. New acts haven't been confirmed yet. What is clear is that the rapper is working hard to make sure her fans do enjoy every moment of the show.
"I don't want to have an average tour with a normal stage and this kind of thing," Azalea noted. "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 and we're honoring everyone's tickets."
In addition to postponing the tour, Iggy also handed over the reins of her social media to her management. She explained that her busy schedule played a part in that decision.
"For me at the moment, I'm recording my album, I'm doing this tour. I just want to make sure I'm in a good head space to where I'm not thinking about other people's opinions or what's going on in this in this other cyber-like world," she said. "I really want to be focused on what I'm doing and I felt like that was getting to a point where it was taking away my focus or taking away my positive energy--sucking it into this negative space that I don't want to be in."