Earlier this month, Bon Iver toured Asia for the first time ever, accompanied by friends and folk collaborators The Staves. Prior to their March 8th show in Hong Kong, both acts prepped and warmed up their vocal chords by doing an intimate version of For Emma, Forever Ago highlight “Flume” from inside the stairwell of the venue. In addition to the lovely harmonies, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon breaks out a “death metal” outro, complete with headbanging and major riffage.
“Emily filmed our group warm up backstage before the last gig with Bon Iver in Hong Kong on 08/03/2016,” a YouTube description reads. “Such sweet memories. Can’t remember why we never did do that death metal ending live….” Maybe fans will be gifted with the death metal ending at this year’s Eaux Claires Music Festival?
Bon Iver and The Staves previously teamed up to cover Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”. They also did a joint performance of “Make It Holy”, off The Staves’ Vernon-produced album If I Was.
In related news, Bon Iver have announced the debut of a new live show called Cercle. It will be staged at the Sydney Opera House from May 27th – 30th as part of this year’s Vivid Sydney festival.