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Go See Arcade Fire in Concert As Soon As You Can

Arcade Fire in concert
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Last night I saw one of the best shows of my life. Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour came to the Wells Fargo Center with Dan Deacon opening. I like Dan Deacon’s viral “drinking outta cups” thing far more than I like his music, so we spent most of that time at the bar. Speaking of which, they were serving special Arcade Fire drinks named Reflektor and Wake Up (which was Fireball and Pepsi) and that was a cool touch.

The show was amazing both musically and visually. They opened with the moody “My Body Is A Cage” on a deceiving alternative stage where the famous Koala would perform before the show, then almost in defiance of laws of physics showed up lightning quick on the main stage ripping right into Reflektor. If you’re only lukewarm on this band, seeing them live will make you a fan for life. Their passion and chemistry was amazing. From their new stuff off Reflektor to their old stuff like The Suburbs they kept us all glued.

In every city of the Reflektor tour they’ve done something as an homage to a local talent. Last night’s encore began with them (you thought) wearing those crazy large head masks they’re known for back on that alternative stage performing “The Twist” by Philadelphia legend Chubby Checker. Only it wasn’t really them. The real them took to the main stage in the dark as attention was on the back stage, then interrupted the fake band and launched into “Normal Person”, then another nod to Philadelphia covering Boyz II Men. The best part of an already fantastic show was “Here Comes The Night” which builds and builds and culminates in confetti cannons, smoke machines, and streamers over the crowd. They closed with “Wake Up” and the entire audience serving as backup singers. They did not perform “Intervention” so I did not have to video bootleg that as Joe V asked me to do. Sorry Joe!

Here’s the whole set list, hopefully I have it right.

My Body Is A Cage
Flashbulb Eyes
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan Of Arc
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (continued or Part 2 or whatever they call it lol)
Ready To Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
We Exist
No Cars Go
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)


The Twist
Normal Person
Here Comes The Night
Wake Up

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