Feist leaves Arcade Fire tour after Win Butler allegations

Singer-songwriter Leslie Feist introduced on Thursday that she’ll not open for Arcade Fire on their European tour, citing the current allegations of sexual misconduct towards that band’s frontman Win Butler.

In an Instagram put up after the tour kickoff in Dublin, Feist wrote, “What I’m sure of is the best way to take care of my band and crew and my family is to distance myself from this tour, not this conversation. … I’m claiming my responsibility now and going home.”

Feist stated within the put up that she learn concerning the allegations towards Butler, first revealed in Pitchfork, whereas getting ready for the opening evening of tour. At that gig, Feist posted an indication saying that she’d donate all merchandise income from that evening to the charity Girls’s Help Dublin.

“We didn’t have any time to prepare for what was coming let alone a chance to decide not to fly across the ocean into the belly of this situation,” Feist wrote. “This has been incredibly difficult for me and I can only imagine how much more difficult it’s been for the people who came forward. More than anything I wish healing to those involved.”

She continued, “My experiences include the same experiences as the many people I have spoken to since the news broke on Saturday, and the many strangers whom I may only be able to reach with this letter, or not at all. We all have a story within a spectrum ranging from baseline toxic masculinity to pervasive misogyny to actually being physically, psychologically, emotionally or sexually assaulted. … It can be a lonely road to make sense of ill treatment. I can’t solve that by quitting, and I can’t solve it by staying. But I can’t continue.”

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler acting at Coachella on April 15, 2022.

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4 individuals talking anonymously to Pitchfork accused Butler of sexual misconduct. One claimed that Butler got here to their house, “pinned me up against the wall and was aggressively grabbing my body and sticking his tongue down my throat. … Eventually he pulled me onto his lap on my couch. I don’t know if he was holding me by the waist or what, but I was physically constrained by him as he was putting his hand down my pants.”

Butler denied the allegations however acknowledged that he had pursued extramarital relationships. Butler is married to Arcade Fire’s co-founder Régine Chassagne. “While these relationships were all consensual, I am very sorry to anyone who I have hurt with my behavior,” he wrote in an announcement.

Feist’s exit from the tour comes as Canadian and U.S. radio stations start to drag Arcade Fire’s music from their playlists. A consultant for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. stated the broadcaster will “pause” any spins on CBC Music FM radio station and SiriusXM’s CBC Radio 3 station. This system director of Indie88 in Toronto additionally added that the station fashioned a “a quick decision over the weekend to pull the band’s music” however had not but decided to drag the band’s catalog completely.

Arcade Fire followers had combined reactions to the allegations. On the tour kickoff in Dublin, one fan instructed the Guardian, “I’ve been listening to them my whole life. But this news, jeez Louise, I’ve been in ribbons. There are many musicians that do horrid things, but Win?”

Arcade Fire gained the 2011 Grammy Award for album of the yr with its third studio album, “The Suburbs,” and performed a shock set on the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Pageant in April to assist its newest album, “We.”

Arcade Fire’s European tour is, for now, continuing as scheduled, with a U.S. run that includes opener Beck scheduled for later this fall, together with two nights on the Kia Discussion board on Nov. 16 and 17.