Arcade Fire cover The Clash in London

The Canadian band pay tribute to local punk legends

Arcade Fire covered The Clash at the third of their week of London shows last night (January 31).

The Canadian band, performing their final night at St Johns’ Church in Westminster, started their set in similar fashion to the previous night by going into the middle of the crowd to perform acoustically. But instead of playing their own ‘Wake Up’, they performed a mandolin-led acoustic version of The Clash track ‘The Guns Of Brixton’, a Paul Simonon number which appears on their 1979 classic ‘London Calling’.

The band then took to the stage and kicked off the set proper with forthcoming single ‘Keep The Car Running’. Most tracks were lifted from forthcoming album ‘Neon Bible’, including ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Intervention’, ‘Windowsill’ and ‘Ocean Of Noise’.

Arcade Fire did find time to play tracks from their debut album ‘Funeral’‘Rebellion (Lies)’ and set closer ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’.

The set was:

‘The Guns Of Brixton’

‘Keep The Car Running’

‘Black Mirror’

‘No Cars Go’

‘Black Wave/Bad Vibrations’


‘The Well And The Lighthouse’

‘Ocean Of Noise’

‘Rebellion (Lies)’


‘(Antichrist Television Blues)’

‘My Body Is A Cage’

‘Neighborhood # 1 (Tunnels)’

The band now head for Porchester Hall in the west of the city to play two sold-out shows tonight and tomorrow (February 1, 2).

‘Neon Bible’ is released on March 5, with a single, ‘Keep The Car Running’, following on March 19. They return to the UK as part of a sold-out European tour.

Click here and here to read the NME.COM reports of band’s shows on the first two nights of their London residency.