And then there were three! Remigio Pereira has been officially axed from The Tenors, after his controversial “lone-wolf” act of changing the lyrics of the Canadian national anthem holding a sign that read #AllLivesMatter during this summer’s MLB all-star game. And the group is returning to the spotlight this weekend to sing the national anthem at the Grey Cup as a new trio.
The Tenors took to Facebook this week announcing Pereira’s exit from the much-beloved group. “After an extremely difficult series of discussions and much needed time for reflection, it is with heavy hearts that we confirm we are parting ways with Remigio Pereira,” the statement read. “The decision to move forward as a trio was very difficult for us, but due to a growing series of fundamental differences of personal and professional beliefs over the past year, we find it necessary to continue on our separate paths.”
ET Canada caught up with The Tenors, now comprised of Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef, to discuss their thoughts on the shocking moment at the MLB all-star game, which caused a rift in the group and damaged its once impeccable reputation.
“It was pretty shocking for us to feel like that sort of bond that we had, and that trust that we had together was broken,” Walters told Cheryl Hickey. “There was a big knock-out effect that affected many lives – crew, band, our whole team.”
The group cancelled an upcoming holiday CD and tour after deciding it was time to retreat from the spotlight. “We just wanted to sort of take some space,” Walters added. “I think to go through some healing, go through the process. You know July 12th was a very difficult day for us.”
“It hurts. You know I think of so many great memories, I’ll start telling a story, and I’ll go ‘oh that was the four of us,’” Murray continued. “But we’ve found it in our hearts to forgive.”
As the trio aims to rebuild their reputation, the remaining members insist they have nothing but good wishes for Pereira and are taking the time to thank their loyal friends and supporters. “You know we do wish Remi the best,” Murray said. “We have a lot of love for him and his family, and we just aren’t on the same professional path.”
“Thank God we’ve had the support from our fans and a lot of Canadians,” Micallef noted.