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Beck Covers Prince at Arcade Fire’s Coachella Show

The set also featured two Daft Punk look-alikes playing ‘Get Lucky’


Beck performs at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California.

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Arcade Fire’s streak of wacky concert bobblehead guest appearances remains intact. Toward the end of their headlining Coachella set Sunday night, the band brought out alt-rock legend Beck (wearing an Easter-appropriate Pope Francis bobblehead) for a cover of Prince‘s 1981 funk classic “Controversy,” as Billboard reports.

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This wasn’t the band’s first time tackling the Purple One, having already covered “Controversy” last month in Minneapolis. During that performance, frontman Win Butler displayed another strange fashion accessory, donning a digital head-box which displayed the faces of Prince and Michele Bachmann. (That wild set also featured snippets of Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want,” Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”)

Arcade Fire also squeezed in one more goofy collaboration at Coachella 2014 – sort of. Earlier in the set, Butler promised the band would be bringing out “some very special guests,” and some audience members claimed to hear him say “Paft Dunk,” a gibberish variation on electronic kings Daft Punk. This led to a slow-motion cover of the latter band’s 2013 smash “Get Lucky,” featuring two performers dressed in Daft Punk-styled robot costumes.

Given Arcade Fire’s recent on-stage silliness, it’s unclear whether the two robots were actually the real Daft Punk members (Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo) or just a pair of costumed roadies. The first option seems unlikely: During the band’s previous Coachella set, Butler poked fun at the fest’s EDM-heavy lineup by dedicating a song to “all the bands at this festival playing real instruments.”

Add Beck and “Paft Dunk” to the ever-growing list of performers who’ve graced the stage with Arcade Fire on their Reflektor tour: The band’s first Coachella set featured Debbie Harry on a cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”; meanwhile, earlier this month, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas helped fake out an Argentine audience by donning a Win Butler bobblehead.

In This Article: Arcade Fire, Beck, Coachella, Daft Punk, Prince


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