What happens when you combine members of The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and The Strokes and have them perform songs from Phil Collins and fellow artist, Jack White?
You get something call the Pop All Star Band, but don’t expect for this supergroup to go on and become a powerhouse of indie players.
Last week, Win Butler and his brother Will were joined on stage by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture during a show in Montreal; the Arcade Fire’s hometown.
The special one-off performance happened during the halftime show of the Butler brothers’ annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game (you know, the one that Win always gets way into and does stupid stuff?).
The randomly chosen group, which also included the Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne took on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” as well as The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”
As for the game itself, it looks like the Butler brothers’ team won which would explain why there hasn’t been any story as of yet of Win throwing a hissy-fit over a bad call.
Check out the video of the supergroup performing both tracks.
What happens when two of the world’s biggest band come together for a pick-up basketball game? Apparently, someone comes out losing with a broken nose.
During this weekend’s Auckland installment of the Big Day Out Festival, Pearl Jam fan Sherif Hassan revealed that during a particularly aggressive game of pick-up basketball, he suffered a broken nose. According to him, it was the last play of the game which included Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.
In an interview with Triple J radio, Hassan explained what happened during that game.
“[Jeff Ament’s] aggressive, I’ll tell you that much. He broke my nose.” He added “it was actually the last play of the game. All I heard was Win [Butler] going off about how the rules are rubbish down here, and throwing balls around and chucking a bit of a hissy fit.”
But it looks like the broken nose might have been just fine for Hassan who got an impressive consolation prize thanks to his injury. He got to go backstage at the festival and meet Lorde, Major Lazer, Mac Miller and even got a shout out from Eddie Vedder.
But then again, Butler has a rough history with basketball and that should have been warning enough.