Someone stole one of Arcade Fire's bobblehead masks, and the band wants it back. A representative for the band tells Rolling Stone that one of the Reflektor tour's emblematic stage props, a giant papier-mâché model of Richard Parry's head, went missing after their show in Bridgeport, Connecticut last week.
The band released a statement on the theft, indicating that they have evidence pointing to the culprit but would prefer just to have the head back safe instead of bringing the matter to the law.
"Richy's bobblehead mask was taken from our show in Bridgeport, CT," the statement said. "This mask is a one of a kind piece that is an essential component to our live show. We have photos of the theft but rather than press charges we would prefer if the person who took it would get in touch with us to return it. Perhaps this is all an innocent mistake and you meant to leave the venue with your own oversized paper mache rendition of Richard Parry's head? Please contact: email@example.com with any information."
The bobblehead masks first made an appearance during Arcade Fire's Here Comes the Night Time TV special on the heads of Bono and Ben Stiller and later featured in a second-stage fake-out that opened the band's Brooklyn warehouse show in October. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Win Butler talked about masks in the context of the inspiration he found experiencing Carnival in Haiti. "For me, wearing a mask and dancing and being in the crowd – there's this whole inversion of society that happens."
The Bridgeport show marked the last U.S. Reflektor stop for a few weeks as the band heads to Mexico City on March 28th, hopefully with all bobbleheads retrieved.