Posted in music on August 22, 2014

"Buster Poindexter on stage with @arcadefire marks the official end of the hipster era. Irony overload. #Barclays #brooklyn #Brilliant" - alex rappaport

Arcade Fire

I may be biased, but NY seems like the place to bring out your big special guests. I've been lucky enough to witness David Bowie and Talking Head David Byrne join Arcade Fire on NY stages in the past, and I had a feeling that after recently performing with Deborah Harry of Blondie and inviting Television to play with them on Sunday, that we were going to see some more CBGB legends involved as special guests at Barclays Center, at least in the form of the covers they perform each night on this tour.

Sure enough, Arcade Fire can now check another classic punk off their list. On their first of three nights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn -- unlike at most other tour stops, Arcade Fire brought out a special guest, and it was NY Dolls frontman David Johansen. There's a slight twist though; Johansen was playing as his '80s & '90s alter ego Buster Poindexter. They performed Poindexter hit "Hot Hot Hot" together during the encore. Check out a few videos and the whole setlist, below.

Our full set of pictures from Friday are HERE., including pics of openers Dan Deacon and the reunited Unicorns. Tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday too.

UPDATE: Marky Ramone was the guest on Friday.

Video clips and Friday setlist below..




Aug 22, 2014 Arcade Fire Barclays Center setlist
Reflektor
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan of Arc
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
We Exist
Keep the Car Running
(w/ LCD Soundsystem's 'All My Friend's' snippet)
No Cars Go
Haïti
Afterlife
It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
(Régine on B-stage)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
('Damian Taylor Remix' intro)

Encore:
Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
Normal Person
Wake Up

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Comments (49)

LOL terribad

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:33 PM

Who had New York Dolls on their Arcade Fire Covers bingo card?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:40 PM

All My Friends tease before Keep The Car Running. James Murphy tomorrow night??

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:49 PM

Da

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:50 PM

oh meh gawd

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:57 PM

anyone know what the set times were and when it was over?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:07 AM

Patti Smythe

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:09 AM

Unicorns on at 7:30 each night

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:16 AM

unicorns - 7:30 - 8:15
dan deacon - 8:15 - 8:45 (second stage)
arcade fire - 9:00 ~ 10:55

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:18 AM

Arcade fire came in at 9:00, played 'til 11:00

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:21 AM

Snooze fest. Arena floor half empty. They should have stuck w 2 nights not 3. Hurts the whole vibe w empty floor

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:16 AM

^ floor was sold out. arenas don't like to fill it 100%. fire codes and whatever else the man imposes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:31 AM

Show itself was ok. I had floor GA. A lot of the crowd was beyond lame. Fratboys in varying levels of pathetic costume. For a while was stuck next to some bros wearing bow ties and suspenders who kept smoking weed and grinding up on each other like it was 2005 at their Dartmouth frat house (or am I being too generous and it was actually Rutgers?)

Needless to say, was really glad I went to both Meserole shows...tonight was kind of a waste. And I say that with all due respect to AF and the effort they made in trying to put on a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:39 AM

Bowie on Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:53 AM

2:39, thanks for the recap, you pretentious and elitist douche

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 7:13 AM

7:13 - seconded

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 8:04 AM

AF is the greatest active band. Name one band able to deliver the energy and brilliance they do? You can't.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 8:05 AM

Noel Gallagher on Saturday

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 8:23 AM

I decided to sleep at home for free, rather than in the stands at Barclay. And I didn't waste $20.00 on a groupon, so I can spend it on something useful, like doughnuts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 8:35 AM

not not not.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 8:52 AM

Prince on Saturday

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 9:22 AM

Stipe or springsteen Sunday you heard it here first

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 9:25 AM

agree with 8:05 - Agnostic Front still rules

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 9:26 AM

Wonder Sunday set times with television thrown in too?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 9:27 AM

Prince or Bowie? Only in your dreams, trolls.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 9:33 AM

Jesse from MTV on Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 9:34 AM

cher is confirmed as the special guest on sunday!

'here comes the night time' mash-up with 'turn back time' will change music forever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 9:41 AM

2:39, while an elitist douce is also spot on. Crowd sucked for the most part.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 10:06 AM

Sure she is is troll 9:41, sure she is

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 10:25 AM

honestly, all i cared about last night was The Unicorns...too bad the middle-schoolers on the floor couldn't be bothered to shut up and listen to them. not many seemed to know/care who they were, but they put on a good show nonetheless. fingers crossed for a new album and more shows.

Dan Deacon did his usual thing and AF was surprisingly lethargic for a huge band cranking out Talking Heads-ified indie rock. and Win Butler has about as much charisma as the disco ball hung over the soundboard. meh.

Posted by ahoy polloi | August 23, 2014 10:37 AM

^ Congratulations on being the one person in an arena excited to see The Unicorns

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 10:54 AM

I wuz selling chocolate bars out front for $2 a piece.

Sellin candy, gettin money

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 11:05 AM

Crowd ended up filling in after AF came on. They do as best they can with these arena gigs. Was at the 1st meserole and obviously this is not the same but can you still have fun @2:39

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 11:10 AM

I heard Win Butler has an S-shaped cock, can anyone confirm?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 11:13 AM

Difference between Arcade Fire and Johansen: Johansen has at least two classic records. Arcade Fire has none.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 11:59 AM

Bowie on Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:32 PM

11:13, confirmed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:39 PM

1159 -- really. Hate on AF all you want, Funeral is as classic as 21st century albums get. No way it's not in the top 10.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:48 PM

Only a moron would believe Bowie would be performing with them on Sunday. Troll away

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:54 PM

The age breakdown was felt acutely during the Buster Poindexter guest spot. At least 1/2 of the audience wasn't sure what to make of it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:07 PM

1248 - it's no joke.

Arcade Fire sucks and the backlash has already guaranteed that they'll have as much long-lasting cultural resonance as the Bay City Rollers.

You're free to enjoy it, however.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 3:25 PM

this show was way better than the pathetic Meserole shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 3:48 PM

I hate to be a troll feeder but to say that Arcade Fire was "lethargic" you would seriously have to be deaf, dumb, and blind. That is exactly the opposite of what they were.

I myself was surprised to see the arena packed out (and everyone on there feet as well). I'll be curious to see if they well sustain that throughout the next two nights.

I enjoyed The Unicorns but their performance was night and day compared to the headliner. The comments on here about how they were somehow better, are hilarious. They are a novelty act. I shouldn't be surprised because I heard the "I only came here for the Unicorns" banter on the floor. Seriously the worst kind of people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 3:49 PM

"Arcade Fire sucks and the backlash has already guaranteed that they'll have as much long-lasting cultural resonance as the Bay City Rollers"

thats great that you and the other baristas think that there is such a thing as backlash, but this band only gets bigger with every album they put out

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 4:53 PM

4:53 - Same with Brian Adams in the '80s. Was terrible. Is terrible. Will always be terrible.

They're having a few years as unlikely pop stars, but they're legacy will be naught. (And this is the shit that baristas in North Brooklyn listen too while living off mommy and daddy's money. No cultural relevance.)

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 5:50 PM

They may have brought out Buster Poindexter on stage, but more importantly, they also brought out a Robust Hummus Platter backstage.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 7:07 PM

Meserole show trolls, all they played during those shows was this shit ass new album. Just 'cause you were their with indie celebs doesn't make it more meaningful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 11:39 PM

There*

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 11:40 PM

1139 That shit ass new album is their best one yet.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:06 PM

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