Despite the Arcade Fire’s massive success over the last couple of years garnering well deserved fame, accolades and assumed fortune, the band has been very good about NOT forgetting where they come from.
As VERY active vocal and financial supporters of Haiti relief (singer Régine Chassagne has ties to the country) the band has raised in excess of $1 million dollars to help the country get back on it’s feet.
A benefit show in Haiti seemed liked the perfect idea in theory, however, considering the state that the country’s infastructure is in after the devastating quake, not the best idea in practice.
That didn’t stop the band from performing at a surprise appearance on Tuesday at Port-au-Prince’s Hotel Oloffson. It was a set that saw the band do a number of covers (Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” and the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time.”) as well as songs from their own catalog.
This performance (and maybe others) are being filmed for a DVD set to come out later in 2011.
Here’s video from this special night:
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
“The Last Time” (Rolling Stones Cover)
Setlist from the show
Who’ll Stop The Rain
Keep The Car Running
The Last Time
Ocean Of Noise
The Tide Is High
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)