Arcade Fire Covers Prince’s ‘Controversy’: Listen

Arcade Fire performs at the 2013 Bridge School Benefit concert on October 26, in Mountainview, CA

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It’s just two dates in, but Arcade Fire’s current U.S. “Reflektor” tour is shaping as a real coverpalooza.

The Canadian alternative rockers dished-out some homegrown greatness for their Saturday date in Minneapolis, where they performed a cover of Prince’s 1981 classic “Controversy” in the encore. 

For the performance -- according to Stereogum -- frontman Win Butler wore a four-sided TV on his head that displayed the face of Prince, followed by that of another less-universally-adored Minnesotan, Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The show was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. Through the set, Arcade Fire also reportedly played parts of Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want," Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing".

At their tour opener in Louisville earlier in the week, Arcade Fire covered the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time." They play the Palace of Auburn Hills on Monday.

On the other side of the world, Bruce Springsteen has been treating audiences with a swag of local covers. On his recent tour of Australia, he played AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” INXS’ “Don’t Change,” “Chris Bailey’s “Just Like Fire Would” and on his final date in Brisbane he opened with the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Springsteen and his E Street Band then surprised his fans in Auckland, New Zealand with a rendition of Lorde’s “Royals”.