Arcade Fire Forced to Cancel European Tour

Published: 2007-03-27
Canadian indie band Arcade Fire has been forced to cancel their European tour due to the fact that frontman Win Butler needs to have sinus surgery.

Butler made a statement on Arcade Fire's official website from Oslo," I am backstage at the venue in Oslo and I just had to make the very sad decision to cancel the rest of the European tour. I have been suffering from a sinus and bronchial infection for the last 3 months, and last night in Stockholm I finally pushed my voice and body farther than they are able to go. Last night I kept yelling at the monitor guy because I didn't recognize the sound that was coming out of the monitor as my own voice, and it took me until the second song to realize that the sound was coming from me. Today I can barely speak, or make any sound, so finishing the shows is no longer possible".

He went on to say that he'd been advised to cancel shows weeks ago but was trying to "push through" because he hated to cancel on the fans.

The band is touring behind their sophomore release Neon Bible. Win hopes to be better for the beginning of their North American tour on April 26. The tour will also include a couple of stops in Montreal and Toronto in May.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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