Charli XCX and Bleachers have canceled the remainder of their U.S. tour. Charli XCX posted a message on Facebook confirming her decision to stop her tour before the second leg, which was set to kick off next month. You can read part of her statement below.
“For personal reasons I will not be able to continue this tour. These personal reasons include the fact that I need to be creative. 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. 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.”
Charli XCX and Bleachers insist that there aren’t any hard feelings, but it’s clear that Jack Antonoff and his band, Bleachers, aren’t too happy about ending this tour. According to Philly.com, Antonoff released a statement about the tour ending, and he seems extremely disappointed.
“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 (sic). Came as a bit of a shock to me as I’m sure it is to you right now… Since I found out my team and I have been scrambling to try and figure out a way to continue with the tour on our own, but it has been made clear that reworking the tour at this late stage without Charli is not realistic. I’m deeply sorry and extremely disappointed that a decision as big as a cancellation is out of my hands — and you have my word that I will do everything in my power to make sure something like this never happens again in the future.”
In June, Charli XCX and Bleachers announced that they would be extending their tour dates. There were a total of 13 dates scheduled from September 14 through October 10, with stops in Boston, Massachusetts; Tampa, Florida; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Both Charli XCX and Jack Antonoff have said that they will be working on their craft during their time off, likely by way of recording new music.
It is unknown if either plans on touring in 2016, but it sounds like Jack really wants to get back on the road sooner rather than later.
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