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Band performs “Controversy” on ‘Reflektor’ tour stop

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Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs at Target Center on March 8th, 2014 in Minneapolis.

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For the second night of their five-month Reflektor tour, Arcade Fire brought their glittering spectacle up north to Minneapolis. While they were there, they paid homage to the city’s funkiest hometown hero with a cover of Prince’s 1981 classic “Controversy.”

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According to Stereogum, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler spent the performance wearing a digital box on his head that displayed the face of Prince along with that of a less universally beloved Minnesotan, Rep. Michele Bachmann. The band also reportedly included 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” scattered throughout their set. At their tour opener in Louisville earlier this week, Arcade Fire covered the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time.”

The full concert at the Target Center was broadcast live on Minnesota’s public radio station, 89.3 The Current. 

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