Riff Clip: Arcade Fire Perform “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men


On their first true headlining arena tour, Arcade Fire have been taking it upon themselves to celebrate a small chunk of each city’s musical heritage during each performance.

When Riffyou.com caught the band in Toronto last week, the group took on The Constantines’ “Young Lions,” while other homages have come in the form of performing Prince’s “Controversy” in Minneapolis, and Devo’s “Uncontrollable Urge” in Cleveland.

However, last night at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, the 12-piece collective took it up a notch by embracing and belting out urban classic “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men.

Seeing is believing, so please scroll down to witness this incredible rendition.

Tour Dates:
03/18 Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
03/29-30 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza
04/01/02 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza
04/05-06 São Paolo, Brazil – Lollapalooza
04/09 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04/10 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
04/23 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
04/26 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
04/27 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
04/29 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
05/01 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
05/02 Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
05/29-31 Barcelona, Spain – Parc del Fòrum
06/13-15 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival
06/20-22 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06/20-22 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
07-30 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/08 Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
08/11 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
08/12 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
08/14 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
08/17 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
08/19 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
08/20 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waerfront Pavilion
08/22 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08/23 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08/24 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08/26 Chicago, IL – United Center
08/29 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/30 Montreal, Quebec – Parc Jean-Drapeau