The crowds were fairly sparse during Owen Pallett's set, but he was really great and a solid choice to open the show. Spoon opened with Britt Daniel solo surrounded by a loop of white christmas lights. Their whole set was pretty light on songs from Transference, but heavy on the enjoyment factor. They had horns support, including a cameo by Owen Biddle of The Roots.
Arcade Fire brought the house down with each and every song. The encore was incredible, including confetti during Tunnels, a drum machine failure-induced restart of Sprawl II, and closing a fantastic two-night-stand at MSG with Wake Up. Regine was a sparkly disco ball, Will Butler was a manic whirl of plaid, and Richard Reed Parry was his usual amazing self but this time decked out in an embellished white jumpsuit. I'm not sure I could have asked for anything else (oh, except that on Wednesday night they played Half Light II, and replaced it with Empty room on Thursday. boo hoo.)
Stalker photo: the man in green is David Byrne, and you can see St. Vincent with her arms crossed...
Arcade Fire's set list!!!!
Will Butler on his crazy trek around the stage w/ his drum
confetti raining down
* The whole show was broadcast simultaneously on youtube. Here is their clip of Sprawl II (the re-start only).
Seeing Arcade Fire live, is always what makes me connect with their albums - I'm glad I was able to see them so close to the album's release. I was already really enjoying The Suburbs, but I have a much greater love for "Sprawl II" after the show.