Will Butler Says He Quit Arcade Fire; adds the band “are still my friends and family”

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Will Butler of Montreal rock band Arcade Fire announces that he has left the band.

Butler says in a series of tweets he left off late last year when the band’s new album, “We,” due out May 6, was finished.

Butler says there was “no serious reason” for his departure beyond that “I have changed – and the band has changed – over the past almost 20 years.”

He adds that it’s time for new things, and that the band “are still my friends and my family”.

Arcade Fire was co-founded by Butler’s older brother and frontman Win two decades ago and has received numerous awards for its albums, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year.

Will Butler says in his tweets that he’s working on a new record, booking shows for this summer, and working on music for a David Adjmi play, as well as other projects.

Will Butler says in a series of tweets he left off late last year when the band’s new album, “We,” due out May 6, was finished.

  • Arcade Fire guitarists Richard Parry, left, Will Bulter, second from left, and vocalist Win Butler, third from left, perform at the Ukrainian Federation headquarters in Montreal, Que., Tuesday, February 6, 2007.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 19, 2022.

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