Joining together, members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver perform a cover of Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’ on Saturday (September 20).
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture and Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler performed together as Pop All Star Band at the third annual Pop Vs Jock game in Montreal at this year’s Pop Montreal festival.
The performance was held at half time during the basketball game at the McGill Sports Complex. Kid Koala, while wearing a koala costume, leading a parade of people in animal costumes, a kazoo competition and NBA player Luke Bonner sang karaoke with an Alanis Morrissette song. The supergroup performed ‘In the Air Tonight’ and “Seven Nation Army.”
Butler’s wife and bandmate Regine Chassagne played organ in the arena while Kid Koala and A-Trak played a DJ set with tracks by LL Cool J, Michael Jackson and Beastie Boys before the game. Mozart’s Sister sang the national anthem.
The game the musicians team with NBA players Brent Barry and Matt Bonner against the McGill and Concordia college basketball teams. Montreal Gazette reports that Team Pop won the game 101 points to 92. James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem DJed the afterparty.
Pop Montreal concluded September 21 and hosted performances from Twin Shadow, Panda Bear, Against Me! and Schoolboy Q.