Musician Leslie Feist (46) canceled the tour with Arcade Fire. The reason is the recent allegations from a "Pitchfork" article against the head of the group, Win Butler (42).
In a statement on Instagram, the Canadian singer describes how she and her band Feist found out about the article: "In a pub in Dublin, after rehearsing with my band, I read the same headline as you. We didn't have time prepare for what's to come, let alone the chance to decide not to fly across the ocean in the middle of this situation."
On Instagram, Feist added that the article "ignited a conversation bigger than me, bigger than my songs, and certainly bigger than any rock 'n' roll tour..." Staying on tour would symbolize that she would ignore the damage dealt by Butler. "I can't solve this by quitting and I can't solve it by staying. But I can't keep going."
According to Pitchfork research, Butler allegedly sent unwanted sexual messages to several young women between 2015 and 2020. Another person claimed that Butler sexually harassed her twice. Butler apologized for his behavior in a statement, but also pointed out that all sexual contacts were consensual. His wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne (46), with whom Butler has been married since 2003, also backed her husband with a statement.
The Canadian band have just released a new album and started their European tour, which will also take them to Munich, Cologne and Berlin in September.