The Fugees soared to fame with their second album, The Score (1996), which became one of the best-selling albums of all time. The Fugees surprised their fans in September when they announced a tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Score. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, Lauryn Hill, Pras, and Wyclef Jean postponed their international tour after only one performance in New York City.
The Fugees have canceled their remaining 11 tour dates. The legendary hip-hop group issued a statement on Friday, January 21, stating that they were forced to make the tough decision as the pandemic wreaked devastation over the world.
“We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen. 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 your love and support throughout the years.”
The fact that The Fugees were able to reassemble for a single gig was a miracle in itself. Wyclef admitted having an affair with Ms. Hill while married to designer Marie Claudinette, which led to the couple’s divorce in 1997. According to Jean’s autobiography Purpose, Hill lied about the paternity of her son Zion, leading him to believe the child belonged to Bob Marley’s son Rohan.
“In that moment something died between us. I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that … She could no longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken.”
Hill and Wyclef announced that enough healing has occurred for the reunion to proceed. Sadly, the tour is off.
“The Fugees have a complex but impactful history. I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world.”
“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. We would be a voice for the unheard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”
Last February, The Score celebrated its 25th anniversary. The album, which was first released in 1996, contained several successful songs, including “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me Softly.” The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and has subsequently been certified 7x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
It was also the first rap album and the first for a Hip Hop group to win a Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year. Despite losing to Celine Dion, they won Best Rap Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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