Arcade Fire Close Coachella with Real (And Fake) Guests, Confirm Additional Dates
Arcade Fire took to the stage at Coachella last night to close out the festival and, as they did the week before, the band brought out several special guests both real and fake.
The performance will likely be remembered for the fake Daft Punk cameo that kicked off the show, as two men in signature Daft Punk helmets took the stage for a rendition of “Get Lucky.” Win Butler stormed the stage, kicking the duo off so they could start the show (Butler referred to them as “Phat Dunk”). Much like it is with every festival, Daft Punk is a highly sought after commodity at Coachella, making this effort at deception all the more notable.
During the band’s actual show, they delivered a tour debut of “Crown of Love” from 2004’s Funeral along with tunes from their latest effort Reflektor. Another change in the set came later in the show with a cover of Prince’s “Controversy,” which the band has covered several times on tour this year. As Win Butler introduced a man in a giant Pope Francis paper mache head (the one Aaron Paul wore last week), the man revealed himself to be Beck, who performed earlier at the festival. Beck shared vocals on the Prince tune.
As they did last week, Arcade Fire closed their show with “Wake Up” and ventured into the crowd for an acoustic sing-along with the help of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
In addition to the performance, Arcade Fire confirmed three additional California shows following their Coachella appearance. The band will play two nights in Los Angeles at The Forum on August 1-2 before heading to San Diego on August 5 for a show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.