Arcade Fire debut Barack Obama and Pope Francis papier mâché heads during Austin show

Band also showed Texas Governor Rick Perry during show at 360 Ampitheatre

Arcade Fire‘s gig in Austin, Texas last night (April 11) featured cameo appearances from ‘US President Barack Obama’ and ‘Pope Francis’.

The gig at the Austin360 Ampitheatre was notable for the inclusion of the Pope and President in the Canadian band’s now trademark papier mâché heads. Consequence of Sound reports that the Obama reference may be linked to the fact that he too was in Austin on the same day to gives his keynote address at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit.

See below for fan shot pictures of the papier mâché Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry, whose picture was shown up on the screen of a helmet another member of Arcade Fire was wearing during the gig. Pope Francis appeared while the band were covering Prince track ‘Controversy’ during the show.

Earlier this year Arcade Fire were the victims of theft when one of their papier mâché heads was stolen following a gig in America. The stage prop was taken during Reflektor Tour show in Bridgeport, Connecticut on March 18 and the band are currently appealing for its safe return.

Arcade Fire are set to bring their tour to the UK in June, 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, which takes place between June 25 and 29.

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