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Published: 2014/08/23

New York Dolls’ David Johansen Joins Arcade Fire in Brooklyn

Arcade Fire invited New York Dolls frontman David Johansen to join them on stage during the first show of their three-night run at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night. The guest appearance came at the beginning of the encore after a fake band clad in bobblehead costumes performed the New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.” The real band then introduced Johnansen as “Buster Poindexter” before he joined them for a cover of “Hot Hot Hot,” (Johansen recorded a popular cover of the Arrow song under the Buster Poindexter pseudonym in 1987).

Arcade Fire have been paying homage to the towns they’ve stopped in with city-specific covers at every show on their current tour. However, last night marked the first time that the band was joined by an artist that recorded one of those songs. Between last night’s New York Dolls tribute, Thursday night’s Ramones cover and the fact that Television will be opening for them this Sunday, it is clear that he band has been paying their respects to the early New York City punk scene.

NYC also got another shout out last night, as the group played a snippet of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” during “Keep The Car Running.” LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy produced the band’s latest record, Reflektor.

Here’s a look at last nights setlist:

Friday, August 22, 2014, Arcade Fire, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan of Arc
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (w/ ‘My Body Is a Cage’ acapella intro)
We Exist
Keep the Car Running (w/ LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” snippet)
No Cars Go
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) (Régine on B-stage)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (‘Damian Taylor Remix’ intro)

Personality Crisis (New York Dolls song) (Fake band on B-stage)
Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter cover)*
Here Comes the Night Time
Normal Person (w/ Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire” intro)
Wake Up

(*) with David Johansen

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