Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Punches (?) Photographer
It is difficult to tell what is actually going on in this video but according to the Music Photographers Facebook group, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler punched and cursed out a music photographer at the band’s 4/13 performance in Phoenix’s Comerica Theater. My first reaction to this was a knee-jerk music photographer solidarity anger – but it quickly passed into the realization that the photographer likely had it coming. It appears that the photographer was shooting from an area in front of the stage that Butler wanted to use for his “play the guitar to the crowd” routine. Yeah, maybe Butler was being a little precious with his “spot” but the photographer probably should have moved. It’s this kind of music photographer buffoonery that results in tighter restrictions on photography which is a big negative for the rest of us. From the video you can’t even really tell if Butler hits the guy or just gives him the finger (the altercation starts around 5:35). Anyway, if you are a music photographer and wanted to shoot Arcade Fire it will probably now be harder for you.
— Jon Behm