Arcade Fire's Will Butler is moving out, not moving on

March 13, 2015 12:10 PM

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He is the Ringo, the goofy one, the guy who runs around on stage beating a huge drum. The problem with that analogy, though, is the Beatles had four Beatles and Arcade Fire, the Montreal-based mega group in which Butler plays guitars, drums and keyboards, has roughly 700 Arcade Fire members. At least it can seem that way. Do you have any idea what it takes to stand out in Arcade Fire? Butler has set fire to the hair of Regine Chassagne, his sister-in-law, who also plays keyboards and drums. He has climbed into the stage scaffolding. He screams into bandmates' ears. At one show, he jumped into the moat between the stage and the audience. He recently told Pitchfork that at a Brooklyn show last year: "I took off my shirt and put on a bobble head and pretended to dance like David Byrne while rubbing my tummy."

Will Butler, 32, is a serious man, the former poetry editor of Northwestern University's Helicon literary magazine. A 2005 graduate of the university, he was also well-regarded poetry major and Slavic studies minor; he once received a research grant from Northwestern to study 1980s rock under commun...

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