The National live at Terminal 5

Posted by The G on July 30, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Matt Berninger of The National

On July 29, 2010, Ohio’s The National played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York to celebrate Spin Magazine’s 25th anniversary.  The National hit the stage around 10:30 after Kurt Vile and Suckers (more on both bands coming soon).  The band has been around since 2001 and this was my first time seeing them live.  The post-punk/indie band played both of their Barack Obama inspired songs “Mr. November” and “Fake Empire” as well as my favorite “Anyone’s Ghost.”  A video of that song will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.  I am merely one person with tons of experiences to write about!  Lead singer Matt Berninger has a fun stage disposition where he is pretty subtle about getting into it, but when he finally lets loose, it’s hard not to watch with a smile.  The audience loved every minute of the show, not only for the music and the crowd sing-a-longs, but perhaps because we were treated to seeing them perform at a much smaller venue than the last time they were in town, performing at Radio City Music Hall.  The National also played a generous portion of their latest record “High Violet,” and judging by the clouds of marijuana smoke that were all around the venue, I think that pretty much sums up the night.

The National

See two more pictures and the set list after the jump.

Matt Berninger of The National

The National Setlist.

The set list, for those who don’t want to ruin their eyesight was:

Start A War / Anyone’s Ghost / Bloodbuzz Ohio / Mistaken For Strangers / Brainy / Squalor Victoria / Afraid of Everyone / Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks / Lemonworld / Conversation 16 /  Apartment Story / Abel / England / Fake Empire.


Runaway / Mr. November / Terrible Love

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  • d said,

    This is the second time I’ve heard the claim that “Mr. November” is about Barack Obama. Considering it came out in 2005, that seems unlikely, unless it was inspired by his run for U.S. Senate.

  • The G said,

    @ D. it was played a lot during the election… I should have said “obama related” songs….