While Arcade Fire were at this year’s Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Canada – where they filled in for the Foo Fighters – frontman Win Butler and guitarist Richard Parry spoke fondly of the late Taylor Hawkins.
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Ahead of their headlining performance, Butler and Parry sat down with iHeartRadio, where they were asked by journalist Jason Rockman if their role at the festival – filling the void left by the Foos, who quit after Hawkins’ death in March – after feeling Arcade Fire. push forward. Although he did not specify if that was the case, Butler noted that he met Hawkins “a few weeks before he died.”
Reflecting on his friendship with the late drummer, Butler continued: “Every time I’d go out with them, we’d talk about music and remember the old gigs. He was a real rocker, you know But I think sometimes people don’t appreciate the wear and tear.
On how the singer dealt with Hawkins’ untimely death, Butler added: “It’s always a reminder that, you know, a lot of these things are out of our control… It’s important to be grateful for life everyday, I think. those reminders are around us all the time, we usually don’t pay attention to them because we just want to move on.”
Watch the full interview below:
Hawkins died in Bogotá, Colombia, on March 25. I was 50 years old.
Although they have canceled all touring plans for the foreseeable future, the Foos will host two Hawkins tribute concerts – one in London and one in Los Angeles – this September. The pair will have an extensive list of special guests, including Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Pink, Nile Rodgers and Greg Kurstin.
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire’s performance in Osheaga made their first Canadian concert in four years. Then, they covered Wolf Parade’s 2005 “This Heart’s On Fire,” and performed songs from all six of their studio albums (including seven from this year’s “WE”).
The band’s world tour for “WE” properly kicks off next month, with the band playing extensively in the UK, Europe and North America. You can see ticket details and more information here for the UK and here for North America.
Arcade Fire is partnering with non-profit environmental and social justice organization PLUS1 on the tour to ensure that £1/$1/€ of every ticket goes to KANPE, a foundation dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable communities in Haiti.
In statements to NMEWin Butler said he hopes the 2022 dates will be “the definitive Arcade Fire tour”.