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Music News - Drake Cancels Philly Show; Halloween Skating at Fillmore; Beach Slang Guitarist Let Go
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/11/16 11:04 pm | updated: 10/11/16 11:04 pm
 
Rapper Drake has announced that he will be canceling the remainder of his Summer Sixteen tour due to injury. That includes a concert date scheduled for this Thursday, October 13th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. A show in Toronto, and 2 shows in both Newark, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY were also canceled. "Drake suffered a severe ankle injury during the tour which he did his best to power through," a spokesperson for the rapper said in a statement. "By doing this, he made his injury worse. Under doctors' orders and to ensure Drake only ever gives fans the performances they deserve, he will be postponing the remaining three dates of his Summer Sixteen tour to allow him time to recuperate his ankle injury. Drake's fans mean the world to him. Seeing their faces and performing his music for them is what he loves to do the most and he can't wait to get back on stage." Tickets holders will receive refunds.

The Fillmore Philadelphia in Fishtown is celebrating its 1 year anniversary this month with a roller skating party on Halloween called "Make America Skate Again." They will be bringing in a professional skating floor to cover the music hall and DJ's will be providing the tunes to groove to all day and night. Traditional skates, derby skates, and inline skates will be available or you can bring your own. Of course it will be Halloween so costumes are welcome. There will be two sessions of skating. It will be free and all ages from 4-7pm. The second session will be from 8pm-2am and will be 21+. Early bird tickets start at $12 and go to $20 the day off. Skating and rentals are included in the admission price. For more information visit: http://www.thefillmorephilly.com

Philadelphia punk rock group Beach Slang announced today that they have parted ways with guitarist Ruben Gallego amid sexual assault allegations that have been brought up against him. In a statement on Facebook they said, "For us, Beach Slang has always been and will always be a safe place for everyone. It was built to be welcoming. It was built to be soft. If we are going to continue to exist, we have to exist in this way. There have been allegations involving sexual assault and our guitarist, Ruben. Although this occurred four years ago and prior to him joining Beach Slang, we cannot in good conscience continue with him. We believe survivors and we want to believe Ruben, but until we learn more information, we don't feel it's appropriate for him to be a part of Beach Slang."

The band was set to begin an extensive US and European tour for their latest album A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings starting Tuesday night in Washington, DC. They played the Electric Factory in Philly on Saturday night. They announced that they will still be playing tour dates but only as as Quiet Slang (James solo acoustic) until they can work things out. Beach Slang made a donation to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)– an anti-sexual assault organization - and encouraged others to use their resources. http://www.rainn.org/

Ruben Gallego's statement:
"Hey everyone I was writing to say that because of an accusation of sexual assault that was leveled against me we all agreed that it would be best for me to take a step away from Beach Slang. This band has been the greatest thing that has ever happened to me and obviously I’m floored to have to walk away from it. James, Ed and Charlie are some of the best friends I’ve ever had.

When this call out first came out we sifted through our options and contemplated the possibility of addressing this and continuing forward but more and more we found ourselves asking what kind of repercussions this would have and concluded that letting this fade away would be contributing to the further isolation of survivors and as a whole contributing to rape culture. Something we all vehemently stand against. As difficult as it will be for me nothing is more important to me than making sure that people feel safe around me and in general, at shows, in everyday life.

All of this said there are always two sides in a situation like this and with respect to this person I want to make it clear that I’ve thought a lot about that night and we both seem to have contradicting ideas about what happened. Its difficult for me to defend myself because any defense I make is only going to serve to discredit this person and I don’t want to cause them any harm. To me it seems that for her to make this call out means that she is clearly working through some of her own issues and I hope that whatever they may be that she finds peace, clarity and resolve. I’ve made myself available to her if she decides she wants to reach out to me directly or through an intermediary and we can try and find some kind of resolution.

I want to thank every single person who I’ve met through all of this. This band has allowed me to be in the same room with some of my greatest personal hero’s and generally some of the sweetest people Ive ever been lucky enough to meet. No matter how bleak my life feels right now I’m grateful for everything and I’m hopeful that I too can find some resolution. Im starting therapy today and hopefully this will help me to work on myself as a person and trying to move forward in a positive way."


 
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