Will Butler Announces Departure From Arcade Fire After Nearly 20 Years

The 39-year-old longtime member of the Canadian rock band reveals that there was no acute reason beyond his exit except he has changed-and the band has changed.

AceShowbiz - Will Butler has exited Arcade Fire. The longtime member of the Canadian rock band shocked his fans after announcing that he has stepped away from the group after nearly 20 years.

Will made the announcement via Instagram and Twitter on Saturday, March 19. "Hi friends- I've left Arcade Fire. I left at the end of last year, after the new record was complete. There was no acute reason beyond that I've changed-and the band has changed-over the last almost 20 years. Time for new things.

"I'm working on a new record; booking some shows this summer. I'm working on music for a David Adjmi play (which is so good). A few other projects percolating," he added. "Thank you to anyone who's come out to AF shows, or bought a record, or loves our music."

"It's meaningful to be part of your lives," the musician went on noting. "Thank you to the crew, staff, management, label people, bands, artists, and friends who have helped bring our vision to life for so many years. The band are still my friends and family. I'll be around! See you around!"

Arcade Fire was founded by Will's brother, Win Butler, in the early 2000s. Serving as a multi-instrumentalist and writer, Will appeared on each of the group's studio albums, including 2004's "Funeral" and their latest LP, "WE". The latter is slated to be released on May 6.

In addition to Win, the band currently features his wife, Regine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury as well as Jeremy Gara.

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