Matthew Healy made a surprising announcement at the launch of The 1975’s North American tour last night, revealing that the band will be taking an indefinite break from touring once their current dates come to a close. Addressing the crowd in Sacramento, California, Healy expressed the band’s deep appreciation for their fans, saying, “We love coming to this place and playing for you guys whenever we have the chance, and it’s wonderful you’re all here. After this tour, we will be going on an indefinite hiatus from shows, so it’s wonderful to have you guys with us tonight.”
The 1975 has been on a relentless journey, embarking on marathon tours in support of their acclaimed albums, “Being Funny in a Foreign Language: The 1975 at Their Very Best” and “Still… at Their Very Best,” released last year. However, amidst their musical prowess, the band has not been without its share of controversies. One incident saw Healy making an apparent Nazi salute while performing the lyrics from “Love It If We Made It,” which includes a quote from Donald Trump praising Kanye West. Shortly thereafter, during an appearance on the Adam Friedland Show podcast, Healy made inappropriate jokes about racially degrading content, even laughing at racially insensitive comments about Ice Spice made by the hosts. He later issued a partial apology on stage, around the same time reports emerged about his relationship with Taylor Swift. In another bold move, Healy defied Malaysia’s homophobic laws by kissing bassist Ross MacDonald onstage at the Good Vibes Festival in July, which led to the government canceling the entire event and demanding approximately $2.6 million in compensation from the singer.
It’s worth noting that Healy’s statement specifically refers to a hiatus from live performances, and the band often uses the term “hiatus” in the context of breaks between album cycles, as seen during the Music for Cars era. Newsound has reached out to the band’s representatives for further clarification on this announcement.
In the world of music, where surprises are par for the course, The 1975’s decision to step back from live shows marks a significant moment for both the band and their dedicated fan base.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about The 1975 hiatus announcement
What did Matthew Healy announce regarding The 1975’s live shows?
Matthew Healy announced during the band’s North American tour opener that The 1975 will be taking an indefinite break from live shows after their current tour concludes. He expressed the band’s gratitude for their fans and stated that they would be going on hiatus from live performances.
What albums were The 1975 touring in support of before their hiatus announcement?
The band has been on tour in support of their albums “Being Funny in a Foreign Language: The 1975 at Their Very Best” and “Still… at Their Very Best,” both of which were released the previous year.
What controversies have surrounded Matthew Healy and The 1975 recently?
There have been several controversies surrounding Matthew Healy and the band. Healy made an apparent Nazi salute onstage during a performance of “Love It If We Made It,” which includes a Donald Trump quote about Kanye West. He also faced backlash for making inappropriate jokes about racially degrading content on a podcast. Additionally, he defied Malaysia’s homophobic laws by kissing his bassist onstage at a festival, leading to the event’s cancellation and a demand for compensation.
Does the band’s hiatus announcement mean they are breaking up?
No, the hiatus announcement specifically pertains to live shows. The band often takes breaks between album cycles, and this hiatus seems to be focused on their live performances. Further details regarding the band’s future plans are awaited.