Arcade Fire live at Madison Square Garden

Posted by The G on August 5, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Win Butler of Arcade Fire - Livin' on the edge.

For those who read this site daily (and I thank you for your patronage), you know that I go to a lot of concerts.  I try to see bands I’ve never had the chance to experience live whenever possible and nothing pleases me more than hearing a band’s music for the first time when they walk out on stage in front of my eyes.  I hadn’t yet had a chance to hear Arcade Fire’s  latest album “The Suburbs” which leaked weeks ago, but was officially released this week.  What I have heard is that the buzz on this album is so good, it made me cancel my plans so I could go see this album performed live.

The night started off on a high as openers Owen Pallett and Spoon played awesome sets (more on both coming soon).  Then at 10:20 pm, the sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden got to hear the New York live debut of tracks from “The Suburbs” by Arcade fire.  Playing songs such as “Rococo,” “We Used To Wait,” “The Suburbs” and “The Suburbs (Continued),” it didn’t matter to the crowd that these tracks are brand new.  The audience reacted to the opening notes as if these songs have been around for years and the vibe from the crowd was infectious.  Many songs feature something catchy to sing along to, whether it’s a repeated chant, a section made for hand claps and finger snaps or the upbeat music from the baroque pop band.  I had a great time and I snagged a copy of “The Suburbs” on my way out.  These songs fit right in amongst fan favorites “Keep The Car Running,” “Intervention,” “Haiti,” “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” and “Crown of Love.”

Lead singer Win Butler played piano, guitar and walked out into the audience several times.  I wasn’t terribly impressed with their visuals, but perhaps when Terry Gilliam directs and broadcasts the show on the internet on August 5, it might have a more ethereal vibe to it.  I also liked the fact that the band has been supporters of Haiti long before it was trendy and a portion of ticket sales went directly to help the victims of the recent earthquakes there.  I am officially a fan of Arcade Fire, and I think I made the right decision by attending their show.  A video of “Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

See more pictures as well as the set list after the jump.

Win Butler of Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

the set list for Arcade Fire live at Madison Square Garden on August 4, 2010 was:

Ready To Start / Neighborhood #2 (Laika) / No Cars Go / Haiti / Half Light II (No Celebration) / Rococo / The Suburbs / The Suburbs (Continued) / Crown of Love / Intervention / We Used To Wait / Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) / Rebellion (Lies) / Month of May / Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)


Keep The Car Running / Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) / Wake Up

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