Canadian band Hedley, who despite having been accused of sexual misconduct last week via the Twitter hashtag #outHedley2k18, which has since resulted in the Juno Award-winning band being dropped by their management, and allegedly being investigated for drugging an underage fan in 2005, are continuing their cross-Canada “Cageless Tour” tonight with a show in Barrie. The tour continues with more shows in Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec City, Kingston, among others, with the tour wrapping up on March 23rd.
In making the decision to continue the tour, which their openers, Neon Dreams and Shawn Hook, having quit the tour following the allegations – and to withdraw their 2018 JUNO nominations – Hedley made the following statement:
“In the coming days – and throughout this current tour – we intend to take responsibility, and talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it.
That starts right now. As a band, we have decided to withdraw our name from consideration for any awards at the JUNOs. We do not wish to be a distraction at Canadian music’s biggest night or to, in any way, take the focus away from the tremendous honour that is the JUNO awards.
We want to ensure that everyone understands our collective commitment to change, and to do better, is real. Saying a rock’n’roll lifestyle was to blame – or saying certain things happened because we were younger – isn’t good enough. We owe it to our families, our crew, our friends – and most of all, our fans – to do and be better.
The easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide. We don’t intend to do that. We intend to start making positive changes, starting right now.”