Arcade Fire cover The Smiths

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 June 2014

This article is from 2014.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire covered 'London', a Smiths b-side at their second Earls Court gig on Saturday (07.06.14) night

Arcade Fire covered a rare Smiths track on Saturday (07.06.14) night.

The 'Ready to Start' hitmakers sang 'London' - the b-side of the 12" release of the 1987 single 'Shoplifters of the World Unite' - during their second show at London's Earls Court, much to the delight of the assembled crowd.

The US group turned the vast venue - which was sold out on both nights - into a giant discotheque featuring spotlights and glitter balls, while their upbeat, career-spanning set was backed by a dazzling array of dancers, including skeletons, masked men and women and a dancing mirror man.

Ahead of the encore, the 'fake' Reflektors bobblehead band took to the second stage in the venue to play a cover of The Beatles' 'Helter Skelter' before being played off by the band with 'Normal Person'.

During the first show at the venue on Friday (06.06.14), the group were joined by Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch for a rendition of his band's hit 'The Cutter'.

Arcade Fire played:

'Reflektor'

'Flashbulb Eyes'

'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)'

'Rebellion (Lies)'

'Joan of Arc'

'Month of May'

'We Exist'

'The Suburbs'

'Ready to Start'

'Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)'

'Intervention'

'No Cars Go'

'Haïti'

'Afterlife'

'It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)'

'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)'

'Helter Skelter'

'Normal Person'

'London'

'Here Comes the Night Time'

'Wake Up'

Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/arcade-fire/77779#EAffKf33Mty2jVsF.99

Arcade Fire

The headily-acclaimed Canadian ensemble perform songs from their upcoming album, as well as tracks from their back catalogue.

Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Thu 6 Jul

Sold out / 0161 834 4026

York Hall Leisure Centre, London E2

Tue 4 Jul

£55 / 020 8980 2243

Wed 5 Jul

£55 / 020 8980 2243

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