PHOTOS I FOUND OF WIN BUTLER WITH MY PHONE. NNNGHSJLA. FIRST DC SHOW IN 7 YEARS, BUT IT CERTAINLY MADE UP FOR IT.
- After “Normal Person”, Win hit Will with his guitar.
- During “Rebellion” Win went to Regine on the piano and hovered over her for a good minute much to her dismay.
- Win laid down on the stage and sang “My Body is a Cage” from the floor.
- When the bobbleheads came out, Win put on his head and tried to kiss anyone who came near him.
- While “More Than a Feeling” played over the loud speakers, Win proclaimed that the song was originally titled “Less Than a Feeling”
- After “It’s Never Over”, Win shouted “Happy Birthday Regine” and she got all shy and ducked her head.
- Regine is even more perfect in person
- Every song was magical
- I had a great time.
Dr. Farmer: Before I go, can I kiss the baby goodbye?
Win: Yeah, of course.
Dr. Farmer: That kid looks like he’s four.
Win: (laughs) Yeah, he’s a big boy, but he’s cute right?
After the show, I went back to the AF Hearts Haiti booth to help sell merch as people left the show. Once everyone had gone, we were told we could go home if we wanted to. I decided not to because I had this funny feeling that I should stay. For 45 minutes, I helped clear the booths, fold tables and tents, and put away merch. Just as we finished, DR. PAUL FUCKING FARMER and his colleagues come around the corner. (Partners in Health is based in Boston so he came out for the show).
I MET DR. PAUL FARMER. He shook my hand and held onto to it for a very long time. So he thanks us for volunteering and says “Win should be up any minute”. And sure enough, Win fucking Butler comes strolling around the corner.So there I am in a conversation circle with two other volunteers, our leader, Dr. Paul Farmer, and Win Butler. Talking about Haiti and traffic. (Win was standing across from me so there was also a lot of eye contact)
Our volunteer head says “Hey Win, these kids stuck around super late to help me clean, do you think they could get a picture?” And Win goes “yeah of course, where do you want me?” So he gets into position and holds his two HUGE arms out and is like “bring it in”. And he took a bunch of photos with us.
So after that, he sees a a Budweiser sign and says “I need a picture with Paul near that” and they take photos. After that, Paul walks away, but Win hangs back with us.
I felt compelled to go up to him and gush about how Arcade Fire changed my life, that I love him and everyone else etc and he immediately exclaims “yeah so sweet” and pulls me into a hug.
LET ME TELL YOU. He was so cozy and warm. One of the best hugs I’ve ever received.
And then we chatted for a bit about music and how I lived in NH. He thanked me for volunteering and for being a fan and told me to take care and get home safe.
Win is actually the nicest man ever.
I’m so happy for you Lexie!
I don’t want the reflektor era to end it has been such a party from when it all started with that sneaky graffiti instagram that randomly posted hints and the logo around cities across the world, to their secret lil shows, to all of the amazing gimmicks arcade fire is including in their huge arena shows damn this has been a gr8 journey but you know what those fools will probz knock us all off our rockers again in like 3 years when album 5 comes out