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In early November 2021, ten spectators died in crowd crushing during Travis Scott’s headlining show at Astroworld. (Eight died Nov. 5 and two days later from their injuries.) Scott responded with several statements in the days following the festival, attempting to exculpate himself. He is currently facing a slew of multimillion-dollar lawsuits over the event and has come under intense scrutiny. But the rapper has also been slowly making a comeback, even performing at small events and releasing new music. This year he was set to headline the Day N Vegas festival, one of his first shows to be canceled after the tragedy. The 2022 festival is now canceled due to “logistical, scheduling and production issues”. But those who have followed Scott’s post-Astroworld movements closely know that Day N Vegas was only part of a slow, month-long return to the public eye — one which, as more and more lawsuits, probably won’t stop considering that Scott was planning a project before Astroworld. Here is a timeline of that comeback.
November 6, 2021: Scott tweet a response to the deaths at Astroworld, writing that he is “absolutely devastated”. He continues, “I am committed to working with the Houston community to care for and support families in need.” Later that night, he talks about the event in a instagram story, saying he would “stop the show and get them the help they need” when he saw fans struggling during performances. “I could never have imagined the gravity of the situation,” he says.
November 8, 2021: Scott offers to cover funeral expenses for those who, following the Astroworld crowd crush, announce the move in a press release. It also announces a partnership with online therapy provider BetterHelp for free therapy for those affected by the concert. The Las Vegas Day N Vegas hip-hop festival is canceling Scott’s headliner scheduled for Nov. 13. in a report.
November 15, 2021: Nike postpone the launch of his Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack shoes, a collaboration with Scott, “out of respect for all those affected by the tragic events of the Astroworld Festival”. The shoes were originally set to release on December 16. (Nikes announcement on May 11 that the shoes would release on May 27.)
November 29, 2021: The family of Ezra Blount — at age 9, the youngest of ten Astroworld victims — recount rolling stone they declined Scott’s offer to pay for his funeral. “He needs to face up and hopefully see that he bears some of the blame for this tragedy,” family attorney Bob Hilliard said of Scott.
November 30, 2021: Lawyers for the families of four other Astroworld victims to tell about rolling stone they also declined Scott’s offer to pay for their funeral. Tony Buzbee, the attorney for Axel Acosta’s family, calls the offer “bullshit”. “If you care about these families, you wouldn’t have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral,” he said. rolling stone. Richard Mithoff, representing the family of John Hilgert, says it is “frankly humiliating and truly inappropriate to the scale of the tragedy that has unfolded”.
December 6, 2021: In his first interview since Astroworld, Scott talks to Charlamagne Tha God on his YouTube channel. He repeats his claim that he “didn’t hear” the distressed fans and stopped playing to check on the fans “a few times”. He tells Charlamagne that “raging”, or the heckling he encourages among his fans, is “just the experience of having fun” and “no harm”. He adds that it won’t happen again until “we fix a lot of security issues.”
December 10, 2021: KESQ reports Scott will no longer be the headliner of Coachella 2022 after originally being scheduled in 2020. One day later, Variety reports that Scott’s agent had tried to keep him in line with the intention of Coachella being his live return.
December 11, 2021: Scott’s Hard Seltzer, Cacti, is interrupted by Anheuser-Busch nine months after launch. “We believe fans of the brand will understand and respect this decision,” an Anheuser-Busch spokesperson said in a statement to Adage.
December 28, 2021: Dior is delaying a planned Cactus Jack line with Scott, which should be part of its summer 2022 collection. The decision was made “out of respect for everyone affected by the tragic events of Astroworld”, Dior recount WWD. The outlet reports that Scott’s team agreed to the postponement.
February 6, 2022: Scott’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, announcement the birth of their son (formerly named Wolf) on February 2. TMZ reports on February 22 that their son’s middle name is Jacques, which is Scott’s birth name.
February 10, 2022: Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, posts on Instagram that Scott will be appearing during his headlining set at Coachella. (Ye is eventually dropped from the Coachella lineup.)
February 14, 2022: Jenner posts a video to her Instagram Story of her home filled with pink and white roses and Scott’s huge pink bear for Valentine’s Day. A source recount People that she “is very grateful to Travis” and that “he’s a romantic guy”.
February 23, 2022: Ye releases four songs from his album 2 to his Stem Player, including “Pablo”, which features Scott and Future.
March 8, 2022: Scott announces HEAL Project, “a multi-tiered, long-term series of community-focused philanthropy and investment endeavours”. It includes event safety initiatives, mental health resources and scholarships. “I want to use my resources and my platform to move forward towards real change,” he wrote. on Instagram. “This will be a trip of a lifetime for me and my family.” The sparse website promises more information “in 2022”.
March 26, 2022: Scott performs at a pre-Oscar party – his first live appearance since Astroworld. He DJs and raps a short set, by TMZduring an evening in Bel Air in the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Venus Williams and Serena Williams, among others.
April 17, 2022: Scott DJs some songs at a Coachella after party, by TMZ. The event, in La Quinta, California, was associated with the nearby Revolve festival. A source tells E! New“People were super excited to see it.”
April 22, 2022: Scott is featured on producer Southside’s “Hold That Heat” alongside Future. It is Scott’s first widely available song since Astroworld after “Pablo” was only available through Ye’s Stem Player. Scott also plays in the music video with an alligator on a leash.
April 27, 2022: Primavera Sound Buenos Aires announcement Scott headlines his November 12 show. This is her first announced performance at a festival since Astroworld.
May 8, 2022: Scott performs a 45-minute set for a sold-out crowd at Miami’s E11EVEN nightclub. He encourages the crowd to take pictures, TMZ reports. Quavo joins Scott for a few songs.
May 9, 2022: The Billboard Music Awards announce that Scott will perform on May 15, in his first television appearance since Astroworld. As the show’s executive producer and host, Diddy says in a since-deleted Instagram post that he “made a request, request” that Scott perform. diddy later recount Billboard he “undoes the undo” by having Scott play.
May 20, 2022: Scott is dropping shoes and apparel from his previously postponed Nike collab on his website. His Air Trainer 1s are only available for purchase by raffle, and TMZ reports that more than a million people sign up in less than 30 minutes. (A larger release on the Nike SNKRS app is still expected on May 27.) “Strong emotions,” Scott says in an Instagram Story hours after the fall. “I love you guys.”
June 7, 2022: Day N Vegas, Scott’s first canceled performance after Astroworld, has Scott headlining its 2022 festival in September. The date will be Scott’s first US festival since Astroworld.
June 27, 2022: Scott announces a performance at London’s O2 Arena on August 6, his first major solo concert since Astroworld.
July 1, 2022: Scott’s return to festivals is on hold again, as Day N Vegas announcement that it is canceling its 2022 festival due to “a combination of logistical, scheduling and production issues”.
July 4, 2022: Scott opened for Meek Mill during a performance at the Coney Art Walls in Coney Island. TMZ capturing images of the rapper stopping the show to ask fans to get off a metal beam. “Just make sure you’re safe bro,” Scott says as someone dressed in a Spider-Man costume descends. Later, he cuts the music again to tell the crowd to “take two steps back” from the barricade.
July 23, 2022: Future surprises Rolling Loud Miami fans and makes Scott a special guest for his first performance at the festival since Astroworld. They sang “Hold That Heat” together before Scott performed three more songs: “Goosebumps”, “Antidote” and “No Bystanders”. The two concluded the reunion with “March Madness.” Ride hard Miami reportedly contacted Scott to replace Ye as Friday’s headliner, but there were scheduling issues.
August 1, 2022: Zouk Nightclub announces that Scott will perform a club residency at its location in Las Vegas. “On the Road to Utopia” begins September 17, with another performance currently scheduled for October 15. A press release billed the show as “a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind nightclub residency experience”.
August 6: Scott had his first international show since the Astroworld tragedy, performing at London’s O2 Arena in front of over 20,000 people. Kylie Jenner documented the performance on her instagram, including his dedication of “Mamacita” to Stormi. Kevin Durant and James Harden also attended the performance.
This post has been updated.