Public Enemy’s Chuck D Defends Travis Scott, Calls on Concert Promoters to Stop ‘Shucking Their Most Crucial Responsibility’

Two weeks after the tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld pageant, which left ten folks lifeless as the group rampaged, Public Enemy’s Chuck D. has issued an open letter defending Travis Scott and calling on Live Nation and all live performance promoters to cease, as he places it, “shucking their most crucial responsibility.

“Travis Scott is a performer, an act, not a concert promoter,” he writes. “He doesn’t run the sound or venues or festivals or their staff… But he does trust Live Nation and all the other concert promoters who are supposed to do all of this.”

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As dozens of lawsuits have been filed towards Scott, Live Nation and the pageant’s different promoters, particulars in regards to the occasion’s group, safety and readiness to deal with an unruly crowd stay unclear. However, a number of different festivals this yr that have been promoted by Live Nation — and two headlined by Scott — have been staged efficiently with out main incidents

Chuck D.’s letter seems beneath in full:

I can’t imagine we’re on the level the place I gotta say this out loud: Travis Scott is a performer, an act, not a live performance promoter. He doesn’t run the sound or venues or festivals or their workers. He doesn’t construct levels or coordinate logistics, he’s not an skilled in crowd management or safety or emergency medical companies. But he does belief Live Nation and all the opposite live performance promoters who’re presupposed to do all of this. And but right here we’re, 10 deaths and counting. 10 damaged households.

The world is mourning.

I’m uninterested in these firms shucking their most vital accountability. These people merely say Rest In Peace and move on. This negligence can’t proceed. Folks need solutions. I’m not shopping for the Young Black Man did it. He’s being blamed for against the law whereas the outdated white males operating the corps that Travis and his followers trusted with their lives keep quiet within the shadows, counting their cash and watching their inventory costs go up and up. The excuse of Scott’s irresponsible actions don’t wash – if his act had a historical past of that conduct why promote him to larger venues, why accomplice with him within the first place and let him headline a much bigger viewers? Live Nation managed this present. They management almost the entire live performance venues. Artists ain’t talking out as a result of these identical cats are already purchased by these firms. No one can say a phrase towards them except they wish to be Blacklisted and damage their careers.

So I’m calling on Michael Rapino’s complete group at Live Nation and a consortium of all the main live performance promoters on the market to do the appropriate factor. To step up and step out of the shadows to repair these conditions and save lives. To cease letting one Young Black Man take the blame, the hate, the autumn. We don’t know all the pieces that occurred or precisely what failed. But live performance promoters have all the facility to make the adjustments to maintain everybody protected and alive.

Live Nation, your inventory is up. The White Corporate Music Biz retains cashing in on Black Pain, Trauma and Death. This has to cease yesterday. You’re a part of the issue. Grow the fuck up, repair this and allow us to all LIVE in PEACE.

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