June 4, 2014 11:41

Arcade Fire's Win Butler reveals he fell off stage wearing a papier-mâché head

The incident happened during rehearsals for the band's current world tour

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Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has revealed that he fell off stage wearing one of the band's papier-mâché heads during rehearsals.

When asked what it was like playing guitar while wearing one of the heads, which the band have been using on their current 'Reflektor' tour, he commented: "It's tough. You really have to know what you're doing because you can only see through the nose holes." He went on to say that he fell off stage while practising. "I did in a rehearsal but I've figured it out now – the hard way. You can't move around too much," he told to BBC News.

In the interview he also elaborated on the band's reasoning for casting actor Andrew Garfield in the video for 'We Exist', following criticism from Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace, who argued that the band should have hired a genuine transgender actor for the video, "rather than Spider-Man".

"There was kind of a back and forth in the trans community about representation," said Butler. "We didn't really see Andrew's character as being a fully transitioned-to-woman character, so it wasn't on our radar to cast someone who'd transitioned to a woman to play the character. But the point of the video was to generate debate and for people to talk about these issues. So for me, it was really a success."

Grace previously said that her main problem with the video was that it stereotyped transgender culture. She wrote: "Why does Garfield cry about shaving their head to then put on a wig, when they have gorgeous hair? Why does Garfield go to the shittiest bar ever to drink domestic beer and dance with bigot rednecks? And the idea that the band playing Coachella is their Mecca of acceptance and validation? Phfff. As if."

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler has previously said that he wrote 'We Exist' after meeting gay people in Jamaica who felt it necessary to hide their sexuality.

Arcade Fire headline the Friday night of Glastonbury on June 27 and Barclaycard British Summer Time at Hyde Park on July 3, as well as shows at London's Earls Court on June 6-7.


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