Beck abruptly quits Arcade Fire’s North American tour

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Beck is the second opening act to drop out of Arcade Fire’s upcoming North American tour.

An email to ticket holders for an upcoming concert on the tour explained that Beck would no longer be opening. “Thank you for purchasing tickets for Arcade Fire: The ‘WE’ Tour at Barclays Center on Friday November 4th. Beck is unfortunately no longer able to join Arcade Fire on their upcoming North American tour. He will be replaced by Boukman Eksperyans,” the email explains.

“Formed in 1978, the Grammy-nominated Boukman Eksperyans are the preeminent Haitian roots band of all time. Their song “Kem Pa Sote” inspired the revolution of the early 90s that overthrew the post-Duvalier military regime, and has since become a revolutionary anthem around the world. The only Haitian band to be signed by Chris Blackwell to Island Records, Boukman Eksperyans blend elements of rara with a mizik rasin base – imbued with a rebellious spirit,” he concludes.

The email to ticket holders doesn’t mention anything about refunds for anyone who might be unhappy with the act changes. Beck is a high-profile act that drew people to the concert who otherwise might not bother to attend.

“Doesn’t everyone want to see Beck? It’s fucking Beck. And its openness was a big part of why I shelled out great seats. I couldn’t be less interested in its replacement. This is what I get for jumping on the tickets on day one. People are going to be able to mark them up on the resale market for around $40,” a reddit comment on bed change.

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Fork broke a story about three women who say their interactions with Butler took place from 2016 to 2020. Butler provided a statement to Pitchfork about the charges. “Although these relationships have all been consensual, I am truly sorry to everyone I have hurt through my behavior. As I look to the future, I continue to learn from my mistakes and work hard to become a best person.