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Check Out Arcade Fire’s Live Covers Of Prince, Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder & More


Who says Win Butler is a far too self-serious asshole?

Well, a lot of people, but there is no doubt that A) Butler is having fun the Arcade Fire’s new musical direction and B) he doesn’t seem to give a single damn what anyone thinks. Arcade Fire are currently touring North America behind their brilliant, raga-influenced dancehall record Reflektor, and is having a bit of fun on the road by surprising fans with covers from artists native to that particular city.

Prince’s – “Controversy”, live in Minnesota:

In Minnesota, this meant busting out Prince’s “Controversy”. In Detroit it was Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and most shockingly out of left field the Montreal-based band broke out the Boyz II Men classic “Motownphilly” in Philadelphia (Ten-year-old Donovan was especially excited about that last one. I rocked the Cooleyhighharmony cassette hard back in the summer of 91 y’all).

Boyz II Men’s – “Motownphilly”, live in Philadelphia:

All of the very funky covers benefit greatly from the newly-added conga and horn sections that Arcade Fire took out on the road for this tour, and the Remain In Light-esque feel of the live band works wonders on the songs. Check out all the covers, as well as Arcade Fire’s remaining tour dates below:

Stevie Wonder’s – “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, live in Detroit:

In Toronto, Arcade Fire brought out a special guest while they mimed the Hidden Camera song “Ban Marriage” onstage: none other than Toronto mayor and noted cocaine enthusiast Rob Ford. “Mayor Ford” was represented by a person with a television set projection of the mayor’s large, sweaty, Chris Farley-like face who after being introduced, stayed onstage with the band and played tambourine during “Normal People”:

Hidden Cameras’ “Ban Marriage”/”Normal People” with “Rob Ford”, live in Toronto:

Arcade Fire 2014 Reflektor tour dates:

03-18 Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
03-29-30 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza
04-01-02 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza
04-05-06 São Paolo, Brazil – Lollapalooza
04-09 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04-10 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
04-23 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
04-26 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
04-27 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
04-29 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
05-01 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
05-02 Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
05-29-31 Barcelona, Spain – Parc del Fòrum – Primavera Sound Festival
06-13-15 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival
06-20-22 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06-20-22 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
07-30 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08-08 Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
08-11 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
08-12 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
08-14 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
08-17 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
08-19 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
08-20 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waerfront Pavilion
08-22 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08-23 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08-24 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08-26 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-29 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08-30 Montreal, Quebec – Parc Jean-Drapeau

Source credit: Pitchfork


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