Arcade Fire stop Coachella 2022 surprise set to call doctors

Arcade Fire interrupted its emotional Coachella 2022 set twice on Friday, April 15.

The band was announced as a surprise addition to the lineup on Thursday, April 14, and performed in the Desert Festival’s Mojave tent.

Less than a minute into the set, frontman Win Butler called off his new track “The Lightning, I” after seeing a fan in front of the pit who needed help. Butler then called for a doctor, as the crowd erupted in cheers.

Arcade Fire Coachella 2022
Arcade Fire Coachella 2022 CREDIT: Chris Creature Courtesy of Coachella

Later in the set, he acknowledged the timing and the safety of the festival, telling the crowded tent “If you see someone who’s lost their mind on drugs, find a goddamn doctor.”

The group took another break during the set, which featured several previews of their yet-to-be-released sixth album, “WE.”

Before performing their new song, “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid),” Butler dedicated the track to his son. After starting the first verse with the lyrics, “Careful kid, trust your heart”, Butler stopped, took a moment to wipe his eyes, and moved away from the microphone. He then told the crowd, “it’s been a tough fucking year,” before starting over from the beginning.

Later, the band again acknowledged the difficult past two years of the pandemic, this time with the frontman saying, “We’re in a time of incredible change, but you can’t let that get you down.”

Butler also opened up about the band’s history with the Desert Festival, sharing that Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett personally invited them to the event this year before talking about the band’s first time playing at the festival.

“The first time we played here was in 2005 when we were kids,” Butler said, adding that they were “no longer kids.”

Outside of the Arcade Fire set, the first day of the festival was full of surprises. Anitta took to the main stage at Coachella and was joined by two special guests, Snoop Dogg and Saweetie. To close the evening, Harry Styles was joined by a surprise guest, Shania Twain.

Check back to the NME all weekend for more Coachella 2022 reviews, news, interviews, photos and more.

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