Arcade Fire Cover Fugazi + Will Butler Plays First Solo Show in Washington, D.C.
Arcade Fire had about as busy a weekend that a Canadian indie rock band can have in Washington, D.C.
The Reflektor Tour took them to the Verizon Center last night (Aug. 17) and they continued their trend of honoring the towns they play in by covering a local favorite. In the home of hardcore punk, they went with the Fugazi anti-anthem, ‘Waiting Room,’ and were joined onstage by an energetic and paper mache bobblehead mask of Barack Obama. Watch the performance in the above video.
The previous night (Aug. 16), multi-instrumentalist Will Butler played a surprise solo show at the Rock & Roll Hotel opening for United Nations — it was his first-ever gig without his Arcade Fire bandmates. As fan Twitter profile ArcadeFireTube described, the set was “Violent Femmes meets Pixies.”
Will Butler's music described as 'Violent Femmes meets Pixies'. Life is not fair.
— Arcade Fire tube (@ArcadeFiretube) August 17, 2014
And United Nations guitarist Jonah Bayer tweeted a thank you to Butler after the show:
— Jonah Bayer (@mynameisjonah) August 17, 2014
That’s not all: the Washington Post reports that Arcade Fire frontman — and brother to Will — Win Butler played a DJ set on Friday at the same venue under the name DJ Windows 98.
Are these guys trying to run for office or what?
‘Waiting Room’ wasn’t the first punk song the band has tackled on this tour. Check out footage of them playing Dead Kennedys’ ‘California Uber Alles’ in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Arcade Fire Cover Dead Kennedys’ ‘California Uber Alles’