Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour has been chock full of excellent covers of songs by famous local bands. Recenty, they paid tribute to both the Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen in London, and before that, there were takes on hits by Boyz II Men, Prince, and Stevie Wonder in the cities that made them famous (with the exception of Kansas, whom they covered in Kansas City, Missouri). Last night, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, they honored Creedence Clearwater Revival, who, despite their best efforts at trying to convince fans otherwise, are not from the South. Arcade Fire opted to go with the El Cerrito natives’ “Hey Tonight,” off of 1970’s Pendulum, with multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry singing lead vocals on the rollicking rendition.
Also thanks to Arcade Fire Tube, we can watch a clip of a couple getting engaged while the band performed “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).” After the lucky lady said yes, frontman Win Butler handed the happy couple his microphone, letting the guy scream some words about spending the rest of his life with her, blah blah blah (just kidding, congrats!) while the band continued on with the Funeral track. It sounds like a lovely time was had by all in Mountain View.