Arcade Fire Finish ‘Reflektor’ Tour With a Cover of Wolf Parade’s ‘I’ll Believe in Anything’
Montreal band returns home after their marathon stint on the road
Just about 10 months after the release of their expansive double LP Reflektor, Arcade Fire’s similarly sprawling tour has finally come to a close Saturday night in Montreal. And with that end, of course, came the final cover of the tour, in the form of a triumphant version of Wolf Parade’s anthemic 2005 track “I’ll Believe in Anything.” In addition to being fellow Montrealers, Wolf Parade drummer Arlen Thompson also handled some percussion on “Wake Up.”
Though it’s not the same kind of star-studded performance that’s marked some of these cover efforts (see: David Byrne doing Suicide, Marky Ramone doing “I Wanna Be Sedated,” Mavis Staples covering the Rolling Stones), it’s a fitting end to this whole location-specific cover project, and a reminder that it was all just a little nod toward some of their favorite songs and artists, no matter how big or small.
Watch video of “I’ll Believe in Anything” above, thanks to Stereogum, and be sure to check out some of the tour’s highlights, including covers of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” R.E.M’s “Radio Free Europe,” Prince’s “Controversy,” and Pixies’ “Alec Eiffel.”