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Arcade Fire frontman calls Trump 'a joke'

By Sean Fitzgerald, 24 Hrs

Arcade Fire's Win Butler speaks at Red Bull Music Academy this week (credit: Maria Jose Govea/Red Bull Music Academy).

Arcade Fire's Win Butler speaks at Red Bull Music Academy this week (credit: Maria Jose Govea/Red Bull Music Academy).

MONTREAL – Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler had some fighting words for The Donald during his lecture at Red Bull Music Academy this week.

“F--- Donald Trump,” Butler told the small group of Academy participants, who travelled from around the world for the series of workshops, jam sessions, lectures and events taking place in Montreal over the coming weeks.

“Please register to vote today, everyone,” continued Butler. “I know that it’s not ideal. But Hillary Clinton will be a great president. Donald Trump is a complete f---ing nightmare, and a clown, and a joke, and it really is an extremely important election. You don’t have to hang out with Hillary. Jesus Christ…the consequences could not be more dire.”

Butler, who was born in California, is known for weighing in on U.S. politics. He was awkwardly cut off during his acceptance speech at the 2016 NBA all-star celebrity game in February, when he tried to make a political statement about what the U.S. can learn from Canada.

During his two-hour session in Montreal, the rocker also discussed meeting his future wife (and bandmate) Régine Chassagne, honouring the legacy of David Bowie and dealing with the overwhelming feeling that followed the success of his band’s breakthrough album, 2004’s Funeral.

Other great quotes from Win Butler at RBMA:

Jokingly avoiding a question about Arcade Fire’s new album: “We released a record like a year ago, we just called it something else and no one liked it, so it kind of disappeared. So, we broke up. Presumably, our manager will be playing the bass. I’ve always been really inspired by The Clash and I really want to make our [version of] Cut the Crap.”

On performing songs from Funeral: “I didn’t want people talking at the bar while we were playing. I didn’t just want to make background music.”

Making a connection at live shows: “If the audience doesn’t buy in, you’re f---ed to begin with.”

Remembering David Bowie: “David came to some of our first shows, and he sings on Reflektor, and…talk about meeting your heroes. [He was] just such a deep, deep source of inspiration on so many levels. And I think when he passed away, I don’t think anyone was really prepared for it. Millions of people are just like all of a sudden, ‘Why are there less colours in the universe?’”