Friday, February 02, 2007

The Arcade Fire Still Blowing My Mind

From NME via StereoGum via the admin of a message board I spend too much time on:

Word to the (golden-ticket holding) wise: When Arcade Fire come through NYC for their five-night run, make sure to loiter. Win and the gang have played impromptu post-show encores most nights while in London, but NME reports that the staff at last night's Porchester Hall gig weren't having it:

The singer got into a bit of trouble with venue staff at Porchester Hall as he attempted to set up after the band had finished their main set, although his perseverance eventually paid off.

An NME journalist who witnessed the incident said: "Win appeared first in the foyer attempting to set up his megaphone mic stand next to the merchandise stall. However, three venue security guards tried to dissuade the band from starting up.

"One of guards was literally manhandling Win, who was pretty pissed off and shouted 'Don't fucking touch me' before shrugging off the attention and defiantly placing his mic stand at the bottom of the foyer stairs.

"The rest of the band - French horns, double bass and all - then emerged from the startled crowd, most of whom hadn't realised exactly what was going on, to play a spine-tingling extended acoustic version of 'Wake Up'. After about a minute, Win disappeared to the back of the throng, leaving the lead vocals to be sung en masse by the audience!"

Butler then led the band back into the hall to play a brief rendition of The Clash song 'The Guns Of Brixton'.

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