How Arcade Fire live performance addressed allegations towards Butler

Days after 4 folks accused Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler of sexual misconduct and assault, the band kicked off its European tour seemingly and not using a hitch in Eire.

“If anyone was wondering, it’s business as usual for Arcade Fire,” tweeted podcast host Jason Carty, who attended the group’s Tuesday present at Dublin’s 3Arena. .

Carty posted video of the band performing its anthemic hit “The Suburbs,” the titular music from its Grammy-winning 2010 album. Whereas Butler led the refrain, a crowded enviornment of followers clapped and sang alongside.

One other Twitter person tweeted that “Arcade Fire came out to rapturous applause” when opening its set with “Wake Up.” Journalist Christine Bohan, who was additionally in attendance, famous that the “crowd immediately seems to be on their side.”

Others, nevertheless, observed that Butler didn’t immediately make an announcement in regards to the allegations towards him. A Reddit person stated Butler “opened by thanking ‘everyone from the bottom of his heart’ for coming out.”

“It felt like a half a— acknowledgement of events and then it was sort of business as usual,” the put up learn.

In response to a Saturday report from Pitchfork, three girls alleged that Butler’s misconduct occurred between 2016 and 2020 after they had been between the ages of 18 and 23 and Butler was between 36 and 39. A fourth accuser, who identifies as gender-fluid, alleged that Butler sexually assaulted them twice in 2015 after they had been 21.

Butler, who has been married to bandmate Régine Chassagne since 2003, denied the allegations and stated he had “consensual relationships outside of my marriage.”

Chassagne additionally issued an announcement supporting her husband, writing partly: “I know what is in his heart, and I know he has never, and would never, touch a woman without her consent and I am certain he never did.”

Followers weren’t the one ones with Butler’s allegations in thoughts at Tuesday’s live performance. Feist, the Canadian singer-songwriter who opened the present, will donate all proceeds from her merchandise gross sales to Girls’s Help Dublin, in keeping with photos from the merch stand. Girls’s Help Dublin is a corporation that works to cease home abuse in Eire.

Whereas it appears to be the “1234″ hitmaker’s first time donating to Women’s Aid Dublin, Feist has previously championed organizations that support women and children who have been abused.

Times staff writers Stacy Perman and August Brown contributed to this report.