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Published: 2014/08/25

David Byrne Joins Arcade Fire in Brooklyn

David Byrne was the special guest during last night’s Arcade Fire show Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Talking Heads frontman took the stage dressed as Dracula for the first song of the band’s encore, a cover of New York post-punk band Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream.” The tune came after a fake band played a rendition of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” on a stage in the middle of the crowd (the same schtick featured a take on Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” on the previous night). Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler kept the LCD Soundsystem vibe going during his band’s encore by tossing a few lines of “New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down” into “Normal Person.”

Byrne was an early Arcade Fire supporter and sat in with the group for a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” at New York’s Irving Plaza in 2005. He also brought the group out for a version of the song during his show at Hollywood, CA’s Hollywood Bowl later that year and provided backing vocals on the studio version of Arcade Fire’s song “Speaking in Tongues.”

Last night’s show also saw Arcade Fire take their show-closing “Wake Up” into the crowd, much like they did at several big events this year, including Jazz Fest. The group also worked a snippet of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” into “Rococo” during their set.

David Byrne was the third special guest with deep ties to New York’s punk rock/CBGB scene to join Arcade Fire during their three-night Brooklyn run. Friday night’s show featured a sit in from New York Dolls’ David Johansen (performing under his alias Buster Poindexter), who joined the group for “Hot Hot Hot,” while Saturday night saw Marky Ramone sit in with the band for “I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement” and “I Wanna Be Sedated.”

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears on

Sunday, August 24, 2014, Arcade Fire, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Flashbulb Eyes
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan of Arc
Rococo (w/ The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” snippet)
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
We Exist
No Cars Go (w/ ‘My Body Is a Cage’ intro)
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) 


Dream Baby Dream (with David Byrne)
Here Comes the Night Time
Normal Person
Wake Up


There are 3 comments associated with this post

burt reynolds August 25, 2014, 10:54:15

They also went out into the crowd at both Coachellas

roger the lover of men August 25, 2014, 11:29:25

i am afraid byrne is ruining his legacy by appearing w these shitty indy acts
arcade fire, st vincent etc
he sure is helping to sell a lot of TH records and keep his “cool” alive but these new bands are frauds IMO.
Daveid is/was the real thing

The Simp August 25, 2014, 22:07:41

Hey roger I do not love these guys but god once in a while I“ll put them on: it“s a nice change of pace. Roger what are you listening to these days out of the norm.

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