Foster the People refused to play their hit song "Pumped Up Kicks" in Charlotte, North Carolina, less than 24 hours after the mass shooting massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Partway through the show, frontman Mark Foster took the stage to reflect on gun violence in America, urging the audience to "[love] each other every day" and consider supporting a ban on assault weapons. "It felt wrong for us tonight to play 'Pumped Up Kicks,'" he said. "It felt like it would've been irreverent, even though that song is about gun violence and stopping that." The band covered John Lennon's "Love" instead.
"Pumped Up Kicks" is actually about a boy named Robert who terrorizes classmates with his father's gun.
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