Thursday, May 31, 2007

Neighborhood #5 (Los Feliz)

Tuesday night was the big Arcade Fire show over at the Greek Theatre in beautiful Griffith Park. Due to a last minute radio record I narrowly made it all the way over there (Los Feliz ain’t like around the corner, ya know) with about 15 minutes to spare before they came on.


And then they came on.

And they played with abandon. Just like always. Even though the sound quality at the Greek was for shit, it was great. Even though our seats in the “terrace” level off to the side of the stage could have been much better, it was great. Thankfully the park wasn’t burned to the ground during the forest fire a few weeks ago so that it could happen at all.

And of course they played a lot songs from “Neon Bible” which made me think back on how (despite not loving it right off the bat) that album got me through the late winter/early spring of this year. So many things were hanging in so many balances it was crazy. It was crazy exciting but also crazy uncertain. That album became my escape every day when I’d go out running or crank it in my car or nights when I’d just listen to it on headphones at night as I’d kid myself into thinking it’ll all work out. Like you can get everything you want, right?

And then Tuesday night I watched that same band play live in LA after all that stuff happened damn-near perfectly. Careful what you wish for.

So in hindsight, I probably saw a totally different show than anyone else there. But it was good. And I think I finally realized how much Regine really drives that band.

Someone even shot a video of “Rebellion (lies)” which closed the main set.


And here’s a more traditional review from the good folks at NME:

Arcade Fire pull out all the stops in LA
Canadians sell out two nights at the Greek Theatre.

Arcade Fire played the first of two sold-out shows at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre last night (May 29).

The Canadians were in top form, swapping instruments, wailing on symbols and throwing drums and tambourines in the air during their typically energetic set.

"It's hard to resist making bad puns like 'Let's burn this fucking place to the ground,'" quipped frontman Win Butler, referring to the massive Griffith Park fire that nearly burnt down the outdoor amphitheatre, leaving it closed until recently. 

Kicking off their hour-and-a-half set with 'Black Mirror', the 10-piece band ran through several tracks from their most recent album, 'Neon Bible', as well as old favourites from their debut album 'Funeral'. 

The crowd erupted during Regine Chassagne's emotional delivery of 'Haiti', and shouted the lyrics along with Butler during several tracks, including 'Neighborhood #2 (Laika)' and 'Wake Up'.

The band closed out the night with an impressive two-song encore. During 'My Body Is A Cage', a ghostlike image of Butler's face was projected onto a cardboard cut-out of the singer at the front of the stage as he played pipe organ at the back of the stage. 

"I like to call him Win2-D2, but I'm open to suggestions," joked Butler before closing out the night with the rousing 'Wake Up'.

They played:


'Black Mirror'

'No Cars Go'

'Haiti'

'Neighborhood #2 (Laika)'

'Neon Bible'

'In The Backseat'

'Intervention'

'(Antichrist Television Blues)'

'Ocean Of Noise'

'Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)'

'The Well And The Lighthouse'

'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)'

'Keep The Car Running'

'Rebellion (Lies)'

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'My Body Is A Cage'

'Wake Up'

Sunday is move-in day. Word.

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