The first North American tour of Arcade Fire since vocalist Win Butler was accused of s*xual assault has been cancelled, and Beck has yet to address this. Less than two weeks before the tour’s original start date, it has been revealed that Beck will no longer serve as Arcade Fire’s opening act.
According to Billboard, Beck has canceled the tour; the Haitian group Boukman Eksperyans will now take Beck’s place. Beck hasn’t addressed his departure from the tour as of the time of this writing, and he hasn’t made any official announcements through any of his official outlets.
The decision was made about seven weeks after Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire, was named in multiple women’s s*xual assault allegations. Butler refuted all of the accusations, saying in a statement that while “these relationships were all consensual,” he was “extremely sorry to anyone who I have affected with my behavior.”
Several Canadian radio stations stopped playing Arcade Fire’s music in response to the news. The band continued their tour schedule with Butler along for the ride, playing 20 performances around Europe, the UK, and Ireland in the weeks following the public disclosure of Butler’s allegations.
Notably, their performance in London’s O2 on September 8 went on as scheduled despite the revelation of Queen Elizabeth II‘s passing just hours earlier. Feist, who did not directly address Butler’s controversy but yet supported the first two performances (in Dublin), donated the money she collected from merchandise sales to the regional Women’s Aid organization in tacit support of Butler’s accusers.
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Feist left the tour after the first two shows despite receiving criticism from her fans, stating in a statement that there is no one way to recover after experiencing any version of [what Butler has been accused of], and there is also no one way to rehabilitate the offenders.
Making sense of unfair treatment can be a solitary journey. Both staying and leaving won’t help me to resolve that issue. But I’m unable to go on. The North American leg of Arcade Fire‘s tour is slated to kick off in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 27, continuing until the beginning of December with a total of 20 gigs.
In the meantime, Beck shared a cover of Neil Young’s “Old Man” in September. However, Young appeared to object to the cover when it was used in an advertisement for the National Football League in the United States (NFL).