Arcade Fire Played 'Back to the Future' Theme in Tribute to Star Michael J. Fox

The band covered 'Back in Time' during their set in Edmonton, Canada.

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Arcade Fire played a live cover version of the "Back to the Future" theme as a tribute to the movie star Michael J. Fox (aka Marty McFly).

The band played Huey Lewis & the News' song "Back in Time," which was written for the 1985 movie, during their show in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada last night (August 11), which is the city Fox was born in. Below, you can watch a fan-shot footage, courtesy of Consequence of Sound (via NME).

The cover version of "Back in Time" is a part of the band's covers series, that goes on during their "Reflektor" world tour. Arcade Fire have already covered Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Dead Kennedys' "California Uber Alles," Harold Faltermeyer's theme from the movie "Beverly Hills Cop," "Axel F" and a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Hey Tonight" to name a few. The band also covered the songs from the Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen, INXS and more. Every cover song was by the artist local to the city the band was playing in.

The band's fourth studio album, double-disc effort "Reflektor," was released in 2013.

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    [Band] plays [Cover]... How is this news again?
    Because "The News' are Huey Lewis' backing band?
    Do you like Huey Lewis and the news? Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
    Send them back to 1955.
    "You know that new sound you've been looking for? Well, listen to this!" "Just a reflection, of a reflection, of a reflection, of a reflection, of a reflection "
    link no1
    Back in Time isn't the films theme, it's just an awesome song written for the film. And I know it was only 'fan footage' but the vocalist sounded awful.
    Power of Love was played through the PA during the head masks thing when I saw them. I like their choices.