Hear Arcade Fire Cover Prince’s “Controversy” In Minneapolis

By Scott Lapatine / March 9, 2014

In a nod to Minneapolis, where they played the second night of their U.S. tour earlier tonight, Arcade Fire kicked off their encore with a cover of Prince’s “Controversy.” The song was actually on the setlist for the tour opener in Louisville Thursday night, but they ended up playing the Stones’ “The Last Time” instead. The show was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and @ArcadeFireTube got a recording of the cover, which features Will Butler and Richard Reed Parry on vocals. Win Butler wore a box on his head that displayed Prince’s face, then Michele Bachmann’s. Listen and see a photo of that below.

“Rococo” was performed with bits of Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” and Black Eyes Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” “Normal Person” had snippets of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Here’s the setlist…

UPDATE: Audio of the entire set is now streaming via the reflektor YouTube account. Check it out:

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[Top photo from tonight's show by Adam Bettcher/Getty.]