Travis Scott will not play his native Houston in support of his new album Utopia, less than two years since 10 people died on November 5, 2021 amid a crowd surge at his Astroworld music festival at NRG Park in Houston.
The Grammy-nominated artist, 32, announced a series of 28 dates and locations for his upcoming trek – with 26 in the U.S. and two in Canada – but omitted his hometown from the slate in the wake of the deadly disaster.
The tour has multiple stops in Texas, including October 17 in Dallas at the American Airlines Center, and November 21 in Austin at the Moody Center ATX.
A number of Scott’s 51.3 million Instagram followers expressed their discontent at the omission of Houston on the tour.
‘No Houston show is crazy gang,’ one user said, while another said, ‘No Houston is a crime;’ one user referenced the city’s tragic past involving Scott’s shows, writing, ‘”No Houston” bro wants to make it through the tour alive.’
The latest: Travis Scott, 32, will not play his native Houston in support of his new album Utopia, less than two years since 10 people died amid a crowd surge at his Astroworld music festival. Pictured at Minute Maid Park November 2, 2021, three days before the deadly incident
The Astroworld main stage, located in a parking lot at Houston’s NRG Center, was pictured three days after the tragedy on November 8, 2021
Scott on Tuesday posted art promoting the forthcoming concert tour, writing, ‘Utopia tour … On sale … Thursday 10am local time … Travisscott.com.’
The new tour dates released span from October 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina and wrap up December 29 in Toronto.
Scott earlier this month shared art on his Instagram account in support of the trek.
‘UTOPIA TOUR SOON,’ Scott captioned the August 8 post. ‘US AND EURO DATES SOON TO BE ANNOUNCE. I MISS THE ROAD I MISSS YALLLL.’
Scott’s last extended tour came with the Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour in 2018.
Scott’s latest album Utopia debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200 last month.
A planned release party in Egypt was scuttled amid objections from local labor officials and relocated to Rome.
He performed in Rome earlier this month, welcoming onstage Kanye West, which marked West’s first major public outing since he came under fire for making a series of anti-Semitic remarks late last year.
A number of Scott’s 51.3 million Instagram followers expressed their discontent at the omission of Houston on the tour
The Houston native shared art on his Instagram account on in support of the trek earlier this month
Scott and West performed West’s tracks Can’t Tell Me Nothing and Praise God.
The album is Scott’s first since the 2018 release of his record Astroworld, and the forthcoming tour will be his first since the deadly tragedy in the fall of 2021.
In the tragic incident, 10 victims ranging from the ages of nine to 27 died from compression asphyxia amid the crowd surge, which left almost 2,400 people in need of medical help.
Earlier this summer, a grand jury announced that the rapper had no criminal responsibility in the deadly incident, as a 19-month probe came to an end.
Scott’s attorney Kent Schaffer told Billboard said that the ruling handed down by the grand jury signified that Scott was ‘not responsible for the Astroworld tragedy.’
Schaffer said, ‘This is consistent with investigative reporting by numerous media outlets and federal and state government reports that have squarely placed the onus for event safety crises on organizers, operators and contractors – not performers.’
The rapper ‘has been inaccurately and wrongly singled out, despite stopping the show three separate times and being unaware of the events as they were unfolding,’ his lawyer said.
Schaffer said Scott and his camp were ‘hoping for the government efforts to focus on what is most important – stopping future heartbreaking tragedies like Astroworld from ever occurring again.’
Scott was seen onstage on the tragic evening of November 5, 2021, when a crowd surge led to the deaths of 10 fans
Visitors were seen weeping at a memorial outside of NRG park November 7
Mourners left pictures, flowers, candles and other mementoes to honor the victims outside of NRG park on November 7
Scott has settled a third lawsuit connected to the 2021 Astroworld Festival tragedy in Houston. Pictured in Miami last month
Earlier this month, one of the families of one of the 10 people who perished settled their case out of court.
The family of 14-year-old John Hilgert reached a settlement with the rapper, Live Nation and other festival organizers, according to Rolling Stone. The family withdrew their lawsuit in February.
The families of 21-year-old Axel Acosta and 16-year-old Brianna Rodriguez have also settled for undisclosed amounts.
Scott and one of his attorneys were slammed as tone deaf for alleging the Houston Police Department report was released on the same day as his new Utopia album to hurt record sales.
‘For an artist making his living with music, these are stunningly tone-deaf comments about this preventable tragedy that took so many lives and injured so many,’ said Bob Hilliard, the lawyer for the family of nine-year-old victim Ezra Blount.
Lawsuit: The family of 14-year-old John Hilgert reached a settlement with Travis, Live Nation and other festival organizers, according to Rolling Stone . The family withdrew their lawsuit in February
Settlements: The families of 21-year-old Axel Acosta and 16-year-old Brianna Rodriguez have also settled for undisclosed amounts. Travis, Live Nation and several other companies involved in the tragedy still face dozens of lawsuits from victims and their families
Astroworld: 10 people were killed at the Astroworld concert in November 2021 in Houston. More than a dozen people were hospitalized, and some 300 were treated for injuries at the scene
Last month, a 1,266-page police report was released revealed in-depth detail about the tragedy in which the victims were crushed in the crowd of 50,000 at the concert at NRG stadium November 5, 2021.
More than a dozen people were hospitalized, and some 300 were treated for injuries at the scene.
Scott, Live Nation and several other companies involved in the tragedy still face lawsuits from the families of those who died, as well as dozens of others from people who were injured.