One witness said that guitarist Patrick “started throwing punches” at bassist Matthew during the band’s set-up and sound check. Guitarist Chris Reimer then allegedly told the crowd that Friday’s gig would be their “last show as a band.”
Another witness said it was actually Patrick who declared that the band was breaking up. The fan said the band played five songs before the group walked off the stage. Patrick allegedly came back on stage to smash Matthew’s guitar against an amp.
Women’s manager Ian Russell confirmed the band canceled three shows in Canada as well as its European tour.
The Canadian shows would have taken place in Vancouver (Oct. 30), Ymir, British Columbia, (Oct. 31) and Edmonton, Alberta (Nov. 6).
The European tour was scheduled to begin Nov. 13 in Karlsruhe, Germany, and conclude Dec. 7 in London.
Russell released the following statement to Pitchfork.com:
“With a heavy heart, we regret to say that the band Women is exhausted and are in need of a break from touring. They have experienced a lot of stress recently, and this culminated in a disastrous public conflict on Friday. Band members have been suffering from poor health, and are in near-exhaustion; as of today, all upcoming shows have been cancelled.
“We feel that it’s necessary to emphasize that this is a very difficult time for the band, and is not a trivial decision for a group that has spent as much time touring as they have. The band is a close-knit group of friends that have known each other since elementary school, and the personal health of these individuals forces this decision.
The band would appreciate some privacy as they sort things out and recover.”
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