On Friday, Arcade Fire gave Coachella a surprise hour-long set at the Mojave tent.
The 13-song performance in the early evening included several songs from the band’s upcoming album WE, including: “The Lightning I”, “The Lightning II”, “Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)”, and “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)”. Arcade Fire released that last song so frontman Win Butler could recompose: “It’s been a rough few fucking years,” Butler tearfully told the crowd. “We say so much poison.”
Elsewhere during their set, Butler dedicated the band’s performance of “The Suburbs” to the people of Ukraine. “Everyone in a punk rock band in Ukraine right now,” he added. “I am thinking of everyone who is facing war right now.”
Butler also shouted out Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett and Pearl Jam before performing “Everything Now.” “This motherfucker [Tollett] used to book Black Flag… There’s a band called Pearl Jam, and they say, “Black Flag is the greatest fucking band ever, so this guy can book our shows. At one point they were like, ‘Fuck Ticketmaster. We do not play in any room with Ticketmaster. The only place they could play in Los Angeles in this shit… So that’s where the fucking Coachella came from. So thanks to Pearl Jam and thanks to Paul Tollett.
Watch footage from Arcade Fire’s performance at Coachella and check out the full setlist below.
Arcade Fire’s new album, WE, arrives May 6. In recent weeks, the band has played a number of other secret shows, including a pair of gigs in their hometown of New Orleans and a series of shows in New York. Late last week, they were announced to headline the Osheaga Festival this summer in Montreal in place of the Foo Fighters.
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Hardcore I (Loookout Kid) – Arcade Fire [Live form Coachella 2022] arcadefire
Ward No. 3 (power outage)
Ready to start
My body is a cage
Life after death
Age of Anxiety II (rabbit hole)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)