Orville Peck announces cancellation of all Bronco shows, including two dates in Vancouver

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      Country-noir crooner Orville Peck has cancelled all remaining dates on his Bronco tour, including a stop in Vancouver for back-to-back shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The singer, famous for performing in identity-obscuring masks, made the announcement today on social media.

      His Instagram post started with:

      I am completely heartbroken as I share this news, but I have made the incredible difficult decision to postpone all of my upcoming shows effective immediately. This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I’ve come to realize that my current mental and physical health won’t allow me to bring you my best. My fans mean the absolute world to me and I am so incredibly thankful to every single person who has bought a ticket to come and see us play, I do not take it for granted.

      Peck’s Bronco tour started with a sold-out headlining gig at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Vancouver dates were to take place on July 13 and 14 at the Queen E. If history has taught us anything, his decision to focus on his mental and physical health is the right one.

      Once a key player in Vancouver's DIY music scene—he spent years behind the drum kit with uncompromising art-punks Nü Sensae—Peck reinvented himself as a country singer at the tail end of last decade, releasing his debut album on Sub Pop.

      His take on one of America’s most famously conservative art forms was nothing if not original, the singer proudly queer, and injecting a hauntingly traditional strain of country music with everything from gold-rush glam to distortion-spiked goth. (Read more on that here.)

      In past interviews, Peck has suggested that, even as he started to become a favourite of everyone from Harry Styles to Lady Gaga, his road hasn’t been an easy one.

      “I grew up fairly lonely, feeling pretty outcast and alienated,” he told the Guardian in a 2019 profile. “So my translation of that into a country and western star was to be this lone cowboy figure.”

      In that same article it was noted that, even as Peck began to build a following, including inspiring those in the LGBTQ2S+ community, he found himself having to deal with, “daily hate, bullying, aggression, and people actively trying to discredit what I do”.

      Here is Peck’s full statement.