In separate statements released late Friday, Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff and Charli XCX announced that the second leg of their joint North American tour had been canceled.
“I want explain the situation to you all of you from me directly — but first I want to express something right off the bat so there is no confusion or room for gossip of any sorts. I love Charli. She’s my friend and I respect her as a person and as an artist,” Antonoff wrote on the Bleachers Facebook page. “So here is what happened and I’m just gonna give you the actual story with no filter. Was all geared up for leg 2 of the tour when we got a call from Charli’s camp that she couldn’t continue on the tour. Came as a bit of a shock to me as I’m sure it is to you right now. I need you guys to have the truthful and unfiltered version of what happened because canceling shows is something I do not do unless I physically can’t walk on to the stage. I know how important these shows are to you guys — they mean everything to me. I wish there was something here that made more sense to all of us.”
On her Facebook page, in a post that went live four minutes after Antonoff’s, Charli XCX explained she decided to leave the tour for “personal reasons.”
“These personal reasons include the fact that I need to be creative,” she wrote. “Artists tour for a really, really long time and I have been on the road for a while now, probably not as long as some, but for me it feels like an eternity. I am struggling to create whilst I’m on the road and that is making me unhappy.
“As an artist I need to move quickly and write a lot to not feel restless,” she continued. “Sometimes touring really puts me in this isolated world where I feel down and sad but primarily I struggle to multitask and write songs at the same time which is what I need to do to feel OK. I never want to do a show where I just feel like I’m going through the motions. I want to perform and feel alive and like I want to be there and if I force myself to do this, I will not perform a great show for you.”
On Twitter, Charli XCX wrote that she loved Antonoff “forever” and that the singer “understands” her decision. “I am so sorry to all of the fans and angels who had tickets,” she wrote.
Despite the canceled shows — which scrap planned concerts in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and more cities — the duo will team up on Sept. 19 for Antonoff’s Shadow Of The City Festival in New Jersey. Antonoff also revealed there was a silver-lining to the abandoned tour.
“The only piece of good news here is because of the cancellation I will be getting back into the studio a bit quicker than planned to work on the new Bleachers album for you all,” he wrote. “Promise to get back and tour on that asap.”
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