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Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

Published on Apr 14, 2014 6:40 PM
 
Lead vocalist Win Butler of rock band Arcade Fire performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 13, 2014. Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only.

Arcade Fire kicked off their set with Reflektor, the title song from last year's album of the same name, and led into songs such as Flashbulb Eyes and Rebellion (Lies). "We've been coming here for many years now, so it's an honour to be headlining," said the band's frontman, Win Butler.

But Butler took a moment on stage to criticise Coachella's VIP area, saying "people are dreaming to get in there, but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it". The band then played their nostalgia-infused track The Suburbs, changing part of the lyrics to sing "in a field full of freaks and my friends", eliciting cheers from the audience.

The band was later joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry, who performed her classic 1979 hit Hearts Of Glass with Arcade Fire's frontwoman Regine Chassagne, and the band's song Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Arcade Fire ended with Wake Up, joined by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

 
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