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Posted: October 04, 2017

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


Foster the People declines to play 'Pumped Up Kicks' after Las Vegas shooting
GEORGE, WA - MAY 23: (L - R) Cubbie Fink, Mark Foster, and Mark Pontius of Foster the People pose at the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater on May 24, 2014 in George, Washington. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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.

>> Watch the clip here

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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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