"You’d hope it’d be very irrelevant now. But unfortunately...that’s not the case.”
Arcade Fire played the second of three shows at London’s SSE Arena Wembley last night, and marked the occasion by dueting with Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.
After closing their set with ‘Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out’, the Canadian rockers returned for an encore that began with ‘We Don’t Deserve Love’, which was immediately followed by Cocker’s entrance.
Joining the band on their boxing ring in-the-round stage, Cocker launched into a rendition of solo track ‘Cunts Are Ruling The World’, and joked about the enduring significance of the song.
Explaining how he wrote the track 20 years ago, Cocker said: “You’d hope it’d be very irrelevant now. But unfortunately…that’s not the case.”
The duet had been previously teased by frontman Win Butler during an early portion of the band’s two hour set.
“You guys are in for a treat tonight”, Butler told the Wembley crowd.
“One of our favourite artists is here, so that’s cool.”
Cocker’s appearance comes only a day after Arcade Fire were joined onstage by Chrissie Hynde, for a performance of The Pretenders’ ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’.
Hynde took to the stage near the beginning of the show, before later returning for an encore of Arcade Fire’s ‘Wake Up’, which – according to reports – also featured a guest appearance from The National‘s Bryce Dessner.
Arcade Fire will play their final Wembley show tonight (April 13).