Arcade Fire performed their first U.S. show of 2016 Friday night at the opening day of New York’s inaugural Panorama Festival. Immediately following their headlining set, the group and guests the Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up for a second line tribute to David Bowie similar to the one they staged in New Orleans soon after the music icon’s January death.
This time around, Win Butler and company performed Bowie’s “Heroes,” “Suffragette City” and “Rebel Rebel” with instruments in hand as the second line navigated through the crowd at Randalls Island, with a large screen projecting an image of Bowie on the ‘Heroes’ cover.
In January, less than a week after Bowie’s death, Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band coordinated a traditional second line parade through the streets of New Orleans to memorialize the rock legend, a tribute that also received the blessing of the Bowie estate. Two months later, Butler performed Bowie’s “Fame” as part of a all-star superjam at the Okeechobee Festival in Florida.
“David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions,” the group said in a statement at the time of Bowie’s death. “He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.”