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Listen: Arcade Fire covers Prince’s “Controversy”, Win Butler steals Prince’s head

on March 09, 2014, 10:21am

The setlist for the first U.S. show of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour listed a cover of Prince’s 1981 funk classic “Controversy”, but ultimately Win Butler and Co. opted for a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time” instead. They stuck to their original plan last night, however, when they pulled out the Prince cover during a concert in the Purple One’s native Minneapolis. Not only that, but Win Butler wore a digital box displaying the faces of Prince and Michele Bachmann. Listen to a recording below (before Prince inevitably pulls it down from SoundCloud) (via ArcadeFireTube).


As Stereogum points out, last night’s show also included brief covers of Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” and Black Eyes Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” during “Rococo” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” during “Normal Person”.

Setlist:
My Body Is a Cage (stripped down)
Reflektor
Flashbulb Eyes
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan of Arc
Rococo (w/ Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” and Black Eyes Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”)
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
We Exist
Normal Person (w/ Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”)
No Cars Go
Haïti
Afterlife
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Encore:
Controversy (Prince cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
Wake Up

Arcade Fire 2014 Tour Dates:
03/10 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
03/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol energy Center
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
03/14 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
03/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
03/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/18 – Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
03/28 – Mexico City, MX @ Vive Latino
03/29 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
04/01 – Bueno Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
04/06 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/09 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
04/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
04/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
05/01 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphiteatre at Lakewood
05/04 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
05/29-31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/31 – Lisbon, PT @ Rock in Rio
06/03 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
06/06 – London, UK @ Earls Court
06/07 – London, UK @ Earls Court
06/09 – Landgraaf Megaland, NL @ Pinkpop Festival
06/10 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
06/12 – Oslo, NO @ Norwegian Wood
06/15 – Aarhus, DK NorthSide Festival
06/17 – Dresden, DE @ Junge Garde
06/20 – Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/21 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/23 – Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma
06/25-29 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
06/24 – Verona, IT @ Villafranca
06/29 – Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park
07/30 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/08 – George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
08/11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
08/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
08/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
08/17 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Centre
08/19 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
08/20 – Bangor, ME @ Waterfront 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
08/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
08/30 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapea

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