The fallout from accusations of alleged sexual abuse and predatory behavior by PWR BTTM singer Ben Hopkins has quickly unraveled the duo’s plans to support their just-released new album, Pageant. Following the flight of the support acts on a planned tour, several backing musicians and a move by their label and management to cut ties, it appears as if the band’s North American tour has been called off.
While PWR BTTM had not officially announced the tour’s cancellation at press time, St. Louis venue Off Broadway posted this following message on Facebook on Saturday (May 13): “This just in: PWR BTTM is cancelling all upcoming shows until further notice. The band will be making a formal statement early next week.” As of Friday (May 12), the group’s website listed 39 dates through a Sept. 7 gig at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina (which has also been canceled), 15 of which were listed as sold out.
At press time the first date on the tour, a May 25 gig at the Piccolo Rialto in Montreal, has been cancelled and the organizers of Howell, Michigan’s Bled Fest — the third date on the tour — announced that they had removed the group from the event. “After taking the needed time to discuss the situation with folks that we have a great working relationship with, we’ve made the decision to remove PWR BTTM from this year’s lineup,” they wrote. “We do not have any tolerance for this kind of activity, and it’s important that we act in favor of any victims, whether we know them directly or not.”
Among the other dates now listed as canceled according to the venues’ websites and listings:
May 30/31 @ Subterranean Chicago
June 2 @ The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE (no longer listed)
June 8 @ Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
June 10 @ Backbooth, Orlando, FL
June 15 @ The Pinhook, Durham, NC
June 16 @ Black Cat, Washington, DC
June 17 @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
June 20 @ Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI
July 9 @ Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
July 12 @ 191 Toole, Tucscon, AZ
July 15 @ Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles
July 16 @ Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
July 19 @ Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
July 25 @ Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
July 30 @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes, Lakewood, OH
In the wake of multiple accusations against Hopkins, the band pulled out of their planned album release show on Friday (May 12) and Polyvinyl Records announced it has stopped selling and promoting the band’s music, just one day after the release of the group’s highly-anticipated Pageant album; the group was also dropped by their management. Those moves came after opening acts Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, T-Rextasy and Tancred bailed on the summer tour, citing their discomfort with the allegations against Hopkins.
In addition, Jezebel ran an interview on Friday with one of Hopkins’ alleged victims described how the singer allegedly attempted to have sex with her without consent.