Arcade Fire show almost pulled

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Win Butler ploughs on despite sinus problems

Arcade Fire almost had to pull their second sold-out show at Brixton Academy in London tonight (March 15) after frontman Win Butler came down with sinus problems.

Announcing from the stage early on as he prepared to launch into ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’, the singer told the crowd he had problems.

“I have had sinus issues for two months and my doctor has been telling me to stop playing,” he explained. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to sing tonight. I am struggling so I need you to sing along with me to the next song.”

Fortunately Butler carried on regardless as the band performed nine tracks off their new album ‘Neon Bible, plus old favourites ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, ‘Crown Of Love, ‘Haiti’ and ‘Wake Up’.

Of the new album tracks ‘Keep The Car Running’ and the re-recorded ‘No Cars Go’ received the warmest reception from the audience.

Like their previous performance, Butler jumped into the crowd for ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ while the audience later continued to sing the song’s refrain long after the track had finished.

The band closed the show with two encores and as they finished with ‘Neon Bible’, one band member was seen tearing pages from a book onstage.

The set was:

‘Keep The Car Running’

‘Black Mirror’

‘No Cars Go’

‘Haiti’

‘Black Wave/Bad Vibrations’

‘Windowsill’

‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’

‘Crown Of Love’

‘The Well & The Lighthouse’

‘Ocean Of Noise’

‘Rebellion (Lies)’

‘Intervention’

‘Wake Up’

‘Neon Bible’

Arcade Fire continue their residency at the London venue for the next two nights (March 16, 17).