When In Minneapolis: Arcade Fire Cover Prince

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Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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Rock group Arcade Fire was in Minneapolis this past weekend, and in a nod to the local hero, they covered Prince‘s 1981 classic “Controversy.”

It was not the first time the group covered a legend on this tour; they’ve also covered the Rolling Stones‘ “The Last Time” (which they performed with Mick Jagger on “Saturday Night Live” in 2012), Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Aerosmith‘s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

Arcade Fire have a history of showing respect towards classic artists: their new album, Reflektor, features backing vocals by David Bowie (whom they’ve performed with in the past), they’ve jammed with Bruce Springsteen, and they’re one of the featured acts on Peter Gabriel‘s Scratch My Back…And I’ll Scratch Yours album, which saw the artists covering each other’s music.

Arcade Fire is on tour through the summer; check their website for dates.

- Ray Boyd, WOGL.com

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