PWR BTTM’s Label Has Dropped Them, And The Cancellation Of Their Upcoming Tour Is Imminent

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05.15.17 5 Comments

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The fallout from the sexual assault allegations against PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins continues. Following several opening acts pulling out of their tour and their management dropping them, it looks like the band are about to cancel the tour behind their new album Pageant.

Several venues have cancelled upcoming shows from the band. Stops in New Orleans, Tallahassee, Orlando, Montreal, Missoula, Chicago, Providence, Salt Lake City and St. Louis. Off Broadway, the venue that was set to host PWR BTTM’s St. Louis stop, noted that an official cancellation of the tour is coming from the band in a Facebook post.

In addition to the tour cancellation, PWR BTTM’s label Polyvinyl has cut ties with the group. In a post to Facebook, the label announced that it would cease to sell the band’s music and offered refunds to anyone who had purchased their latest album.

“Throughout our 20 years, Polyvinyl has purposefully operated on the core principle that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and respect,” they wrote. “There is absolutely no place in the world for hate, violence, abuse, discrimination or predatory behavior of any kind. In keeping with this philosophy, we want to let everyone know that we are ceasing to sell and distribute PWR BTTM’s music.”

The wave of cancellations and label’s stepping away from the band comes in the wake of Jezebel’s interview with an anonymous woman who claims to have been assaulted by Hopkins. The woman described her experience with Hopkins and said that the band’s claims to be unaware of the problem were “100 percent false.”

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