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Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour featured 68 different songs, including 35 covers

on August 31, 2014, 1:21am

Photo by Nathan Dainty

This evening, Arcade Fire wrapped up their extensive Reflektor world tour at the place where it all began: their hometown of Montreal, Quebec. Appearing at the city’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, the band performed a 21-song setlist that epitomized the entire tour: in addition to greatest hits and tracks from Reflektor, Arcade Fire reworked material on the spot (a slowed down version of “Empty Room”), unveiled unique medleys (“My Body is a Cage” into “Keep the Car Running)”, and covered a song regional to the city (Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe in Anything”).

As a whole, the Reflektor tour featured 68 different songs over the course of its 74-date run. Among them:

– 10 tracks from Reflektor: the title track, “Here Comes the Nighttime”, and “Afterlife” were played at all 74 dates. “Supersymmetry “, meanwhile, was played just four time.

– Nine tracks from The Suburbs: “The Suburbs”, “The Suburbs Continued”, and “Ready to Start” were also played at all 74 dates. The least played album track was “Suburban War”, which made just four setlists.

– Seven tracks from Funeral: “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) “, “Rebellion (Lies)”, and “Wake Up” were staples throughout the tour.  “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” and “Crown of Love” were each played seven times.

– Five tracks from Neon Bible: “No Cars Go” was played 64 different times, while songs such as “Intervention”, “My Body is a Cage”, and “Ocean of Noise” appeared on less than a quarter of the setlists.

– 35 different covers (!), including The Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time” with Mavis Staples; Prince’s “Controversy”; Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” with Debbie Harry at Coachella; two Ramones songs with Marky Ramone on drums; The Smiths’ “London”; Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream” with David Byrne; R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe”; and Feist’s “I Feel It All”.

– A non-album track called “Get Right”.

– The Arcade Fire b-side “Headlights Look Like Diamonds”.

Check out the tour’s full setlist (via Setlist.fm). We’ve also included relevant links to various fan footage of the covers and other unique performances.

Now that the tour is over, Arcade Fire will likely take an extensive hiatus. Though, Win Butler already said he has ideas for the next album.

Reflektor songs:
Reflektor (74)
Here Comes the Night Time (74)
Afterlife (74)
Normal Person (73)
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) (68)
Joan of Arc (65)
We Exist (54)
Flashbulb Eyes (48)
Supersymmetry (4)

The Suburbs songs:
The Suburbs (Continued) (74)
The Suburbs (74)
Ready to Start (74)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (73)
Rococo (22)
Month of May (17)
We Used to Wait (13)
Empty Room (8)
Suburban War (4)

Funeral songs:
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) (74)
Rebellion (Lies) (74)
Wake Up (74)
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (68)
Haïti (52)
Crown of Love (7)

Neon Bible songs:
No Cars Go (64)
Keep the Car Running (21)
Intervention (18)
My Body Is a Cage (12)
Ocean of Noise (7)
Neighborhood #2 (Laika) (7)

Covers:
Prince – Controversy (6)
DEVO – Uncontrollable Urge (4)
Blondie – Heart of Glass (3)
Ramones – I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement (2)
Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles (2)
The Rolling Stones – The Last Time (2)
INXS – Devil Inside (2)
Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love? (2)
Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated (1)
Constantines – Young Lions (1)
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe In Anything (1)
The Smiths – London (1)
Pixies – Alec Eiffel (1)
The Louvin Brothers – Broad Minded (1)
Huey Lewis and the News – Back in Time (1)
ABBA – Chiquitita (1)
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream (1)
Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven (1)
Feist – I Feel It All (1)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Hey Tonight (1)
Kansas – Dust in the Wind (1)
Neil  Young – Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown (1)
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing (1)
Buster Poindexter – Hot Hot Hot (1)
R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe (1)
Fugazi – Waiting Room (1)
Boyz II Men – Motownphilly (1)
Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F (1)
Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright (1)
The Staple Singers – This May Be the Last Time (1)
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter (1)
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (1)
Guns N’ Roses – “Welcome to the Jungle” (1)
The Clash – “I’m So Bored With the U.S.A.” (1)
Lou Reed – “Perfect Day” (1)
Lou Reed – “Satellite of Love” (1)

Unreleased:
“Get Right” (4)

Arcade Fire EP song:
“Headlights Look Like Diamonds”

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Anonymous
September 1, 2014 at 3:30 am

Correct, please – Laika is coming off Funeral, not Neon Bible.

Ryan
August 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Missed Antichrist Television Blues, which, like My Body is a Cage, was played for about 30 seconds at one of the Brooklyn shows.

gawd
August 31, 2014 at 4:52 am

wish you would have done this (an article thats based on setlist.fm, an unreliable source), than update us every date and then do this anyway

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Anonymous
August 31, 2014 at 2:39 am

My Body Is a Cage was frequently played as a quick 30-second intro but never actually as a full song. Several sets on setlist.fm have this listed incorrectly if that’s where the info is from.

Royse
August 31, 2014 at 2:15 am

Neighborhood #2 is from Funeral, not Neon Bible.

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