"Hello. Hello. I am Fred, and you, you are Coachella, and I was brought here to your planet by this next band. And this next band is Arcade Fire."
That's how the crowd attending Arcade Fire's festival-closing set at Coachella were greeted last night, as a man in a costume made of mirrors (get it? like Reflektor??) heralded the arrival of Arcade Fire, perhaps indie rock's biggest band of the moment. What followed was a 97 minute set filled with old and new favorites, guest appearances by Blondie's Debbie Harry and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and of course, the band's life-affirming take on rock music.
Beginning with two Reflektor cuts, Arcade Fire quickly moved to a pair of songs from their 2004 debut, and continued on to craft a wonderfully consistent set that bridged the band's many eras, sounds and genres. After over an hour of enjoyable tunes, the band brought out Harry to perform the Blondie hit "Heart Of Glass" and the disco-fied Suburbs track "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." The ineffably cool Harry told the crowd to "Cruise on, motherfuckers," and vogued out with Arcade Fire's Régine Chassagne to the funky beats. The band closed their set with a rousting performance of "Wake Up" that brought them out into the audience with members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, giving all in attendance a truly memorable conclusion to the weekend's festivities.
Head over to Arcade Fire's Zumic artist page for more of their music, videos and news, and check out the set list and video times of their Coachella set below.
Arcade Fire 2014 COACHELLA SET LIST + VIDEO TIMES:
0:00 - Intro music ("Reflektor" backwards) + Mirror man introducing.
1:03 - "Reflektor"
7:57 - "Flashbulb Eyes"
11:07 - "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"
15:20 - "Rebellion (Lies)"
21:30 - "Joan of Arc"
26:13 - "The Suburbs"
31:55 - "The Suburbs (Continued)"
33:18 - "Ready to Start"
37:57 - "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
43:33 - "No Cars Go"
49:31 - "Keep the Car Running"
53:17 - "Afterlife" (w/ "My Body Is a Cage" intro and New Order's "Temptation" snippet)
59:39 - "It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)"
1:06:58 - "Heart of Glass" w/ Debbie Harry
1:10:49 - "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" w/ Debbie Harry
1:16:15 - "Normal Person"
1:20:18 - "Here Comes the Night Time"
1:27:29 - "Wake Up"
1:33:14 - The band w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band parading through the crowd playing the "Wake Up" chorus.
Source: Joel AFT YouTube Channel