The Canadian band played live with Bowie in September 2005 at New York’s Fashion Rocks event and would later collaborate with him on their 2013 album ‘Reflektor’. Bowie’s vocals can be heard on the album’s title track. Both acts also released a joint live EP with the money maden going to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
In a statement obtained by NME, the band write: “David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives.
“A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.”
Individual members of the band have shared their own messages about Bowie with frontman Win Butler posting a picture from his time on stage with Bowie on Instagram. Meanwhile, Arcade Fire touring band member Owen Pallett shared a story about the first time he and Arcade Fire met Bowie on his Facebook page.
Bowie passed away on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as “a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”.
Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.