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Deadmau5 Fires Back at Arcade Fire Over ‘Real Instruments’ Comment

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Arcade Fire leader and future Maybelline spokesman Win Butler did a little complaining to the audience during the band’s set at Coachella. Among his comments was a dis to electronic musicians. Butler said, “Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival.” EDM superstar Deadmau5 didn’t take kindly to Butler’s narrow view of what constitutes a musical instrument.

No stranger to controversy, the big-eared one, not so surprisingly, took to Twitter to voice his concerns.

Given that Twitter only allows for so much, the masked wonder needed a few more tweets to fully express his ire.

His best tweet on Butler’s quip is the most recent.

Butler’s stage rants didn’t help dissuade the notion that he’s not a very nice person. This notion was first introduced to the public Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. In a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, Coyne said, “We’ve played some shows with them and they really treat people like s—. Whenever I’ve been around them, I’ve found that they not only treated their crew like s—, they treated the audience like s—. They treated everybody in their vicinity like s—.”

This started a feud between the two bands that provided objective music fans with some extra entertainment for a while. Butler fired back on his blog, then Coyne apologized. Coyne then went on to rescind his apology, and then finally give up, saying, “I would say in their defense that perhaps they have changed. But I don’t care. A lot of silly gossip gets built up into epic proportions. I can understand people who loved their music thinking I was out of line for saying it.”

We certainly aren’t taking sides, but we are enjoying the current show.

Next: Everything You Need to Know About Arcade Fire

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