Friday, January 21, 2022

Covid Concerns Lead to Cancellation of Fugees Reunion Tour

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The Fugees much anticipated reunion tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their 1996 opus, "The Score," has been called off.

“We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen,” the group wrote in an Instagram post. “The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe. An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of ‘The Score’ but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work. We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety, and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon. Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the years.”

Originally announced in September right before the group came together for the first time in 15 years to take the stage at Pier 17 in New York, the concert was scheduled to kick off Nov. 2 at United Center in Chicago and traverse the U.S. and Europe before concluding in Africa

“As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music we would be a movement," Wyclef Jean, who along with Pras Michel and Lauryn Hill comprise the band, said at the time in a statement. "We would be a voice for the unheard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”

Unfortunately for fans the Sept. 22 concert in New York, where the trio arrived nearly four hours late but still earned accolades for a show featuring just seven songs and a cavalcade of support musicians, will have to hold them through the foreseeable future.

The trio's second album "The Score" shot them to superstardom in 1996. Hit singles "Killing Me Softly" and "Ready or Not" helped propel it to the top of the Billboard charts. The Fugees went on to become the first hip-hop group ever to be nominated for Album of the Year at the 1997 Grammy's, where "The Score" took home awards for Best Rap Album and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Killing Me Softly").


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