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Several artists at the second weekend of Coachella 2016 had already paid tribute to the late pop icon Prince, but most in the crowd were anticipating the performance that LCD Soundsystem would put on during their second set at the two-week music festival in Indio, CA. For those that assumed an incredible cover in tribute of the late, great singer from Minneapolis, MN was in order, their expectations were lived up to as James Murphy and company ripped through a rendition of “Controversy.”
The band’s jittery-but-danceable sound offers the perfect re-interpretation of the title track from Prince’s fourth studio album. With live horns and plenty of perfectly-orchestrated synthesizers, LCD Soundsystem captured the energy and spirit of Prince.
Last weekend during the first iteration of Coachella 2016, the band performed a cover of Guns ‘N Roses “November Rain” as well as a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” In addition to covering “Controversy,” the band also repeated their cover of “Heroes” at weekend two.
These appearances at Coachella mark some of the first shows the band has played together since announcing their reunion in October of 2015. The band kicked off the reunion with a pair of shows in New York City before heading out to the desert last weekend for headlining gigs at Southern California’s biggest music festival.