Beck is the second opening act to drop out of the upcoming Arcade Fire North American tour.
An email to ticket holders for an upcoming concert in the tour explained that Beck would no longer be opening. “Thank you for purchasing tickets to 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. Taking his place will be Boukman Eksperyans,” the email explains.
“Formed in 1978, Grammy-nominated Boukman Eksperyans are the preiminent Haitian roots band of all time. Their song “Kem Pa Sote” was an inspiration to the early 90s revolution that toppled the post-Duvalier military regime, and has since become a revolutionary anthem all over the world. The only Haitian band to be signed by Chris Blackwell to island Records, Boukman Eksperyans blends elements of rara with a foundation of mizik rasin–infused with a rebel spirit,” it concludes.
The email to ticket holders does not mention anything about refunds for anyone who may be unhappy about the changing acts. Beck is a high-profile act that attracted people to the concert who may not otherwise care about attending it.
“Did not everyone wants to see Beck? It’s f*cking Beck. And him opening was a large part of the reason I shelled out for excellent seats. I couldn’t be less interested in his replacement. This is what I get for jumping on tickets day 1. People are gonna be able to score em on the resale market for like $40,” one reddit comment about the change reads.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Pitchfork 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 accusations. “While these relationships were all consensual, I am very sorry to anyone who I have hurt with my behavior. As I look to the future, I am continuing to learn from my mistakes and working hard to be a better person.”