Pinegrove Cancel Tour After Frontman Accused of Sexual Coercion
Singer/guitarist Evan Stephens Hall says the band will "be taking some time off in general"
Published Nov 21, 2017New Jersey outfit Pinegrove have cancelled a run of North American tour dates after frontman Evan Stephens Hall revealed he had been accused of sexual coercion.
In a lengthy statement posted to the group's Facebook page, Hall revealed that his "actions have caused someone I care about deep emotional pain," adding, "I am coming to terms with the fact that I monumentally misread the situation. I am trying earnestly to follow this line as deeply as it goes to reflect on all of the things I could have done, and can do, better."
"I should have more actively acknowledged my position of power as a public figure, and also as a man," he continued. "I have always tried to approach all of my relationships under the premise of equality, but I see now more clearly that the inherent privilege of my gender and the accumulated privilege of being a recognized performer most certainly impacted this interaction."
Hall admitted that he had "been flirtatious with fans and on a few occasions been intimate with people that I've met on tour," saying that "I could sense who from the crowd would be interested in sleeping with me based on how they watched me perform. This comment applies such a dark layer to my interactions with people after our sets."
Along with the tour cancellation, Hall revealed that the band would be taking some time off in general. The cancellation was made "in an effort to take time to make positive changes in my life and out of respect for what she is going through."
Read Hall's entire statement below.
Pinegrove had been touring in support of their most recent LP Cardinal, which saw release last year.
11/26 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
11/27 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
11/28 Nashville, TN - The Basement East
11/29 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade: Hell
12/01 Orlando, FL - Backbooth
12/02 Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
12/03 Richmond, VA - The Broadberry
12/05 Washington, DC - The Black Cat
12/06 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
12/08 Boston, MA - Royale
12/09 Hamden, CT - Ballroom at The Outer Space
12/10 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer