Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch sings the 1983 single 'The Cutter' with the band at Earls Court
The band were playing the first of two headline gigs at London’s Earls Court and McCulloch arrived onstage to perform the 1983 Echo and the Bunnymen track ‘The Cutter’ with the Canadian band – click below to see footage of the performance.
During the gig Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler spoke about the band’s reasons for playing the venue, commenting: “We wanted to do Earls Court before they tear it down for condos. Get your bids in now. Hope they’re cheap.” In 2012 an online petition was launched to ‘save’ the venue, opposing plans to demolish the centre as part of redevelopment plans for the area.
Before Arcade Fire took to the stage the arena was transformed into a giant discoteque – featuring spotlights and glitter balls. The set, which saw the band play for more than two hours, gave fans some insight into the setlist the band may perform when they headline Glastonbury Festival on Friday June 27.
PHOTOS: 50 Geeky Facts About Arcade FireThe production featured a figure wearing a human reflective mirror and a troop of dancers, who appeared on a secondary stage among the crowd. Despite opening with title track ‘Reflektor’ from their 2013 album, the first half of the show largely concentrated on older material including ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) ‘ ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ and ‘The Suburbs’. The second half of the show concentrated on last year’s ‘Reflektor’.
Speaking from the stage before ‘No Cars Go’ Win Butler, with a black strip painted across his face and wearing a white suit, said: “We only put out a record every four years or so it feels really special to be here. You guys have been amazing.”
The encore started with a mariachi band – wearing Arcade Fire papier mâché heads – perform a version of The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ on a platform in the middle of the venue before being interrupted by Arcade Fire starting their encore back on the Main Stage. They closed the show with ‘Wake Up’, and the audience were still singing the melody as they filed out of the arena.
Arcade Fire played:
‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’
‘Joan Of Arc’
‘Ready To Start’
‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’
‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’
‘No Cars Go’
‘It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus’
‘Here Comes The Night’
Lorde will support Arcade Fire at their gig at the same venue on Saturday (June 7). There will also be a DJ set from 2ManyDJs. This evening’s openers were Owen Pallett and a DJ set by Pulp’s Steve Mackey. As well as headlining this year’s Glastonbury Festival, Arcade Fire will also play a huge show at Hyde Park on July 3.