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Posted: October 04, 2017

Foster the People declines to play 'Pumped Up Kicks' after Las Vegas shooting


By Katey Psencik, Austin American-Statesman

AUSTIN, Texas —

If you want to see Foster the People play its ubiquitous hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” you may have to make other plans.

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The band, which will play at 6:15 p.m. this Friday and next Friday at the upcoming Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas, said Monday at a show in Charlotte, North Carolina, that “it felt wrong” to play the song, which is about a school shooting, after the deadly shootings in Las Vegas. According to SPIN, the band covered John Lennon’s “Love” instead.

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The band did not say whether its decision to skip the song would continue into future shows.

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