Photo by Philip Cosores
Arcade Fire performed their most left-field cover yet during the second of a two-night stand in Los Angeles last night. Though we’ve already seen the band cover The Smiths, R.E.M., Blondie, The Clash, Prince, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a mash-up of mash-up of Jane’s Addiction’s and Guns N’ Roses during their still ongoing Reflektor tour, how many would have predicted a cover of Harold Faltermeyer’s synth-pop classic “Axel F”?
Yes, it’s true: Arcade Fire kicked off their encore by covering the chart-topping theme song to Beverly Hills Cop. Win Butler introduced the song by saying, “It was actually written about Axl Rose, people don’t realize that.”
The band followed the cover by transitioning into “Normal Person”. Watch fan-shot footage of both performances below.