Band joined by New York Dolls frontman David Johansen in New York
Arcade Fire guitarist Richard Reed Parry has become the latest musician to do the ice-bucket challenge in aid of The ALS Association to combat Motor Neurone Disease.
Parry was doused by bandmate Will Butler during Arcade Fire’s show on Thursday (August 21) at Bangor Darling Waterfront Pavilion, after he was nominated by Les Claypool of punk veterans Primus. The singer also nominated The Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Rush singer Geddy Lee. Parry failed to do the second part of the ice-bucket challenge, in nominating other people to be have a bucket of ice-water thrown on them or pay money to ALS.
Arcade Fire’s tour moved to New York on Friday, where they were joined by New York Dolls singer David Johansen for a cover of Arrow’s 1984 hit ‘Hot Hot Hot’. Johansen had success in the US with his cover of the song in 1987 under the alias Buster Poindexter. Arcade Fire had hinted at Johansen’s appearance by playing a snatch of New York Dolls’ ‘Personality Crisis’ before he came on stage at Brooklyn Barclays Center.
They also teased fans with a snatch of their producer James Murphy’s former band LCD Soundsystem’s single ‘All My Friends’, but Murphy didn’t appear on stage during the first of Arcade Fire’s three shows at the venue.
Johansen’s appearance was the first time Arcade Fire have been joined by a guest vocalist since Echo And The Bunnymen Ian McCulloch performed his band Echo And The Bunnymen’s 1983 hit ‘The Cutter’ with them at London’s Earls Court in June. They have played covers of songs associated with each city during their tour, with Pixies, The Smiths and INXS among other artists they’ve paid tribute to.