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Women take time off after on-stage bust up

By | Published on Tuesday 2 November 2010

Art-rocky Canadians Women have announced that they are cancelling all upcoming tour dates in order to rest after the soundcheck for a show in their home country last Friday resulted in a fist fight between the two brothers in the band, vocalist and guitarist Pat and bassist Matthew Flegel.

An audience member told Exclaim: “Pat started throwing punches at his brother during their set-up and soundcheck. Full on ‘break it up’ brawl between the brothers”. Meanwhile guitarist Chris Reimer reportedly later announced that the performance would be their “last show as a band”.

The band’s manager, Ian Russell, subsequently issued a statement, saying: “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”.

He continued: “We feel that it’s necessary to emphasise 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”.