We scored some Arcade Fire tickets to the band’s Austin show on Tuesday. Let’s just say the Grammy winners for Album of the Year hit it out of the park! The energy, the sound, the dancing, the artistic flare…and of course the crazy video screens rolling in the background.
The show started with video trailers from Over the Edge and The Warriors, a nice little transition from the chill Explosions in the Sky who played earlier. The eight band members popped up on stage and opened with “Month of May” which definitely got the crowd up on their feet. The set list included many old favorites including “Haiti” and “No Cars Go,” with of course a few songs from their newest album, The Suburbs.
If you have a chance to get Arcade Fire tickets – two words – DO IT! The band delivers an incredible live performance. Of course their vocal talent rocks and they are all over the stage dancing, but then you add in an instrumental fun house with guitars, drums, an organ, a piano, a cello, an accordion, maracas, tambourines, violins, and I’m sure plenty of others that we couldn’t see. We enjoyed every second of the performance and left hungry for more!
One quick tip, turn away from the video screen during “No Cars Go.” Those ladies are still haunting us!
Below is the full set list from the evening. Arcade Fire is making a few more stops in the U.S. before heading overseas. Grab Bonnaroo tickets or Jazz Fest tickets to catch them at the upcoming festivals. Promise it will be well worth it! And in the meantime check out this great footage of “Wake Up”!
ARCADE FIRE 5/3/11 SETLIST
1. Month of May
2. Rebellion (Lies)
3. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
5. City With No Children
9. Suburbs (continued)
10. Suburban War
11. Keep the Car Running
12. No Cars Go
13. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
14. We Used to Wait
15. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
16. Ready to Start
17. Wake Up
18. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)