Death Grips have canceled their performance at Lollapalooza scheduled for Saturday evening. They’ve been replaced on the schedule by Bad Things, which features Olympic gold medalist Shaun White on guitar.
According to Lollapalooza organizers, the band “chose not to arrive in Chicago.”
Death Grips also failed to appear at their official Lollapalooza aftershow at Bottom Lounge on Friday night. According to reports on Reddit (via Pitchfork), the band’s cancellation wasn’t announced to the sold-out crowd until hours into the concert and after the opening act had already performed. Audience members proceeded to destroy equipment on stage, including a drum kit presumably to be used by Death Grips’ Zach Hill.
Prior to the announcement of the band’s cancellation, the venue played recordings of Death Grips music, and the stage backdrop was of a suicide note allegedly written to Death Grips.
It read as followed:
SUBJECT: ready DATE: July 9
I am ready to take my own life. Many bad experiences led me to this dark void that I am locked in. Maybe by my own hands? I don’t really care anymore. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me the other side. the side that is locked away deep inside a person. I am mad. Mad all the time and depressed all the time. I can’t take it. I’m not afraid of dying but i am afraid that I can’t hear DG in the after life if there is such a thing. I don’t know, but I hope your music transcends to the unknown. A place where DG’s essence exists. A place where art exists. I love art. That’s the one thing that kept me alive? this long. So just to ease minds, DG didn’t “influence” me to do this. this is my own fucking choice. but thanks for making my life a little better. you’re my absolute fave and I will fight the gods if they don’t allow me to follow DG’s efforts can’t see Earth. Anyways, continue doing great things. I love you Stefan, Zach, and Andy.Advertisement
I will be watching.
Here’s footage of the moments following Death Grips’ cancellation: