'Astroworld' pays homage to an old attraction in the city
Travis Scott‘s ‘Astroworld’ album and tour has persuaded Houston’s mayor to create a new amusement park in the city.
Scott is currently on the road in support of his third studio LP, which got its name from an old theme park in the rapper’s home city. His ambitious stage set up includes a rollercoaster and ferris wheel, with the spectacle hailed by fans as “mayhem”.
As the ‘Sicko Mode’ artist performed in Houston earlier this week (February 13), Mayor Sylvester Turner arrived on stage to present Scott with a key to the city. Addressing the crowd, Turner said: “Because of him, we want to bring another amusement park back to Houston.”
Standing by his word, the mayor released a statement the next day to announce that an idea from years back had been spurred on by Scott.
Writing that he is “proposing to create a one of a kind permanent amusement park” in Houston to “attract interest from a global audience”, Turner told abc 13: “I first discussed the idea a few years ago and it recently gained momentum through my conversations with Grammy-nominated performer Travis Scott, whose album and concert tour pay homage to Astroworld, Houston’s former theme park.
“The City is currently in discussions with architects and developers and we hope to partner with investors who have an interest in making this vision a reality.
He continued: “Houston is a great city that offers many wonderful seasonal events and attractions. A permanent amusement park would create year-round opportunities.”
Houston’s original Astroworld amusement park opened its gates in 1968 and was demolished in 2005 due to poor performance.
Back in November, Tommy Lee accused Travis Scott of ripping-off his roller coaster set design from 2011. “I get copying is a form of flattery, but this is just straight ripping off my shit,” he said.