As much as Coachella is an opportunity to hear some of the coolest up-and-coming bands and artists, it’s also, at times, an excuse to reminisce. Case in point: LCD Soundsystem’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.”
While many bands totally transform songs when they cover them (see: Ryan Adams’ approach to Taylor Swift), LCD Soundsystem stayed quite true to Bowie’s original version, playing the song in its authentic rock style. The euphoric song is so timeless that it seems wholly fitting for the Coachella stage, and James Murphy’s vocals fit the heartening lyrics seamlessly. Add the right lighting, an engaged audience, and you’re left with one hell of a performance. The band also played many of their own hits like “I Can Change” and “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” as well as a cover of Guns ’N Roses’s “November Rain.”
While there may be a divide at Coachella between lovers of contemporary electronic music and old school rock and alternative—especially with such a mix of old and new headliners—no one can dispute a Bowie cover that most definitely does the late icon justice. Everyone can always go for a hearty dose of nostalgia, and LCD Soundsystem proved that Bowie will always be an indisputably universal favorite.