ACL Fest band Foster the People decline to play ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ following Las Vegas shooting

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ACL Fest band Foster the People decline to play ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ following Las Vegas shooting

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Mark Foster, center, of Foster the People performs at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Fri., Oct. 10, 2014 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

If you were going to Foster the People’s Austin City Limits Music Festival set to see the play its ubiquitous hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” you may have to make other plans.

The band, which plays the 6:15 p.m. Friday slot both weekends of the festival, said at a show in Charlotte, N.C. Monday night that after the deadly shootings in Las Vegas overnight, “it felt wrong” to play the song, which is about a school shooting. According to SPIN, the band covered John Lennon’s “Love” instead.

The band did not say whether its decision to skip the song would continue into future shows, including two sets at ACL Fest and an ACL late-night show at Stubb’s on Oct. 12.

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