The band paid tribute to the band in REM's home state of Georgia
Arcade Fire covered REM‘s ‘Radio Free Europe’ in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday night (May 2).
The band have been covering tracks by local artists on their current world tour, recently playing Kansas’ ‘Dust In The Wind’ at a gig in Kansas City, Boyz II Men’s ‘Motownphilly’ at a gig in Philadelphia, ‘Young Lions’ by fellow Canadian band Constantines in Toronto; and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’ at a gig in Michigan. They also played Blondie’s ‘Heart Of Glass’ in Texas and were joined by Debbie Harry of the band at Coachella Festival for a rendition of the same track last month.
Click above to watch fan-shot footage of the band covering REM’s debut single, which was originally released in 1981. The band formed in Athens, Georgia, the previous year.
Arcade Fire are set to bring their current world tour to the UK next month, where they’ll play London’s Earls Court on June 6 and 7. They have also been announced as Friday night’s headliner at Glastonbury Festival, which takes place between June 25 and 29.