Fake Daft Punk at Coachella

Last night, Arcade Fire headlined the last night of this year’s second Coachella weekend. The previous week, they’d brought Debbie Harry to the stage and covered Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass,” and their stage show also included Aaron Paul in a pope costume. But on the second weekend, Arcade Fire did something considerably more curious. Every year, we get a new pile of rumors of a Daft Punk Coachella appearance. And so the prank that started off Arcade Fire’s set was a pretty cruel one. As Billboard reports, the band started their set by introducing what appeared to be a pair of costumed Daft Punk impersonators, playing a screwed-and-chopped, intentionally awful version of “Get Lucky,” before Win Butler interrupted them and started the set off for real. It’s possible that it was the real Daft Punk in those helmets — neither Arcade Fire nor Daft Punk has confirmed or denied yet — but given that Butler dedicated a song last weekend to “all the bands at this festival playing real instruments,” it seems more likely that this was them taking a shot at the EDM that dominated much of the festival. So: Major-league dick move or not? Discuss in the comments. The Arcade Fire set did include one genuine guest, though: Beck, wearing that same pope costume and singing on a cover of Prince’s “Controversy.” Watch the Daft Punk moment below.

Arcade Fire just announced that they’ll be back in California for two shows at the Forum in L.A., going down 8/1 and 8/2.

[Photo by C Flanigan, via Getty Images]

Comments (19)
  1. We already know Win’s a dick, but I found that “actual instruments” comment to be extremely dickish.

  2. I just don’t get Arcade Fire. Their music is mediocre, but they treat their fans like trash. The “pranks” they pull aren’t funny, they’re just jerks. I’m not a huge EDM fan, but there is no way these elitist dickheads could do what these EDM performers do. The most messed up part of this is that AF will eventually apologize or something and people will flock back to them like battered spouses.
    Fuck Arcade Fire.

  3. The pranks are getting a little old but that cover of Controversy is so damn good. It was almost worth the price of admission alone last month.

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  7. I’m no EDM fan, but come on man? Completely unnecessary comments. Who the fuck is Arcade Fire to say shit like that? Talk shit when you’re around for 30 years and you’re still on top. For now, just move along and keep making your music.

  8. I still like Arcade Fire’s music. But that’s mean cause I like Daft Punk more. And I’m constantly disappointed that they’re never going to play live where I can attend.

  9. Arcade Fire and Beck playing Controversy regressed caucasian funk by 20 years.

  10. They’re also playing the Roxy tonight in LA…ssshhh

  11. ooooo..you guys are so sensitive.

  12. Was hoping for the reverse: “Arcade Fire Close Out Coachella With Fake Beck, Real Daft Punk” OWWWOOOOOOOOO!

  13. It’s being a dick and being funny. The 2 can often go hand and hand.

  14. If it was really Guy-Manuel and Thomas (which it’s clearly not) there wouldn’t be skin peeking out under the helmets like you see in the photo above. Rare miss, Arcade Fire.

  15. Was there. Everybody got the joke pretty quickly, although there was maybe 3 seconds of people freaking out. I think things like this are to be expected of them with the amount of costumery and fake helmet heads involved in this show.

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