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Old 05-05-2007, 12:19 PM   #1
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Arcade Fire Neon Bible Tour Part III

I'm glad everyone is enjoying themselves! I really hope they do another leg around North America sometime in the fall.

But first things first—one more week until they come back to Montreal! Woohoo!!

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Are there boots out there from this tour?
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Another one of Win:

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And here's the biggest thing. I'm madly in love with Regine now. I always realllllllly liked her before, but after tonight, I'm seriously angered that she's a married woman. But there was a time during Power Out where she was standing about 8 feet in front of me and I was jumping up and down wildly waving my hands in the air and mouthing "I LOVE YOU" over and over again (I had alread lost my voice by this point in the show and she wouldn't have been able to hear the words anyway) and I'm pretty damn sure she looked right at me and smiled.

That pretty much made my year right there.
As I've mentioned before I did the very same thing when I saw Arcade Fire open for U2. I was in the front row in the ellipse and I kept yelling "I Love You!" to Regine over and over. She finally looked at me while she was on keyboard, then smiled and winked at me.

Later, just before Wake Up/ City of Blinding Lights, Arcade Fire came into the ellipse and I saw Regine and I said "I Love You!" She shook my hand and said: "Oh, it's you!"

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As I've mentioned before I did the very same thing when I saw Arcade Fire open for U2. I was in the front row in the ellipse and I kept yelling "I Love You!" to Regine over and over. She finally looked at me while she was on keyboard, then smiled and winked at me.

Later, just before Wake Up/ City of Blinding Lights, Arcade Fire came into the ellipse and I saw Regine and I said "I Love You!" She shook my hand and said: "Oh, it's you!"


That's so cool. I came to love AF from U2 shows too.
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That's so cool. I came to love AF from U2 shows too.

Really?

Why is that? Didn't they play a song before U2 took the stage? What was it called?
























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Well my review has been sent in. I'm guessing it will be up on the main page either tonight or tomorrow.
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Great pix ntalwar, thanks!
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I LOVE THIS BAND!

sorry, just felt like i need to post in this thread, anyway

at the dc show win did say "see you soon" so methinks another leg in the states later this year is a good possibility

did anyone see the show in philly last nite? if so, do tell!
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did anyone see the show in philly last nite? if so, do tell!
My friend got to see the Philly show. I haven't gotten to really talk to him that much about it yet, just breifly on the phone right after the show. I told him it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen and he didn't quite believe me. Last night when I called him he said the show definitely reached a "Radiohead level". And my friend is a huge Radiohead fanboy. So that says something right there.

Our DC setlist was better though. We got Tunnels in place of Antichrist Television Blues. Philly's main set ended with Rebellion, so it was one song shorter. And their encore was Keep The Car Running --> Intervention. No Wake Up.
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My friend got to see the Philly show. I haven't gotten to really talk to him that much about it yet, just breifly on the phone right after the show. I told him it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen and he didn't quite believe me. Last night when I called him he said the show definitely reached a "Radiohead level". And my friend is a huge Radiohead fanboy. So that says something right there.

Our DC setlist was better though. We got Tunnels in place of Antichrist Television Blues. Philly's main set ended with Rebellion, so it was one song shorter. And their encore was Keep The Car Running --> Intervention. No Wake Up.
as a fellow radiohead fanboy, i full understand (and agree with) the "radiohead level" statement. i had such high expectations for this show, given all that i've heard about the arcade fire's live show over the past 3 years. said expectations were not only matched, they were exceeded.

while i would have loved to hear antichrist television blues, i would not have traded it for two songs, particularly tunnels and wake up, which were both AMAZING.
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Totally agree. I love ATB as much as the next chap, but Tunnels and Wake Up are two of my favorite AF songs. Good deal if you ask me.
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OK guys, I'm back.

Well, what to say? I guess I'd best spread it out instead of keeping it concise, since this is the magnificent Arcade Fire we're talking about.

I really like Philadelphia, and I'm incredibly glad that I got a chance to see Arcade Fire there. The trip was reasonable (and I got a chance to crank up both Arcade Fire albums and Summerteeth in the car ), the hotel accommodations were nice, and the weather was great all things concerned. Unfortunately, long-distance traveling gets me extremely nervous and tense, and this time was no exception. I couldn't eat dinner that night, and I felt like garbage after the show was over. Keep this in mind as you read the review.

We (my mother, who happens to be a big Arcade Fire fan, and I) arrived at the theatre at 7:30, (quite early, even for me) and the place was already more filled up than I expected. Soon after dealing with the disappointment that you feel after finding out that your seats are considerably farther back than you expected, the National came on and played a fantastic set. I had never heard one of their songs before, but they truly impressed me, and I'm going to check out their albums ASAP. They were probably the best opening band I've ever seen...not that that's saying all that much.

Arcade Fire took a long time to take the stage, but when they finally did, I was ready, with camera in hand (or at least close by). They opened with Black Mirror, which, due to the distorted sound I've come to know the Tower Theater for, along with our miserable seating arrangements, was a bit disappointing. It was note-perfect and the band sounded powerful, but...eh...I don't know. I was expecting more.

Well, immediately after that, I got it.

"You paid for the f***ing ticket, so get down here", says Win. And we do. (For all of those making fun of our short setlist, I doubt that many of you got a chance to go down to the front as early as we did; song #2, bitches! )

The band bursts into No Cars Go and the crowd lights up. My vision is blocked a bit, but the sweaty, crazy crowd was singing along to every word, and so was I. I've never heard such a tight band before, playing every note perfectly and enhancing each of them individually. The setlist wasn't great, but EVERY SINGLE SONG played last night was better than the album version. They had passion, soul, and heart that the album versions never had. I listened to Intervention this afternoon, and, after hearing it last night, all I could say was "ehh". It's not the same after last night. Nothing is.

The concert-goers nearby were all just as happy with the show. The cute blond to my left was particularly into it. Plus, there was this amusing bit of reparte:

Woman to my right: AHHHH I LOVE YOU WIN!!!
Man to my right: Hey, I bought you that ticket! I thought you loved me!
*plays Haiti or Laika, I can't remember which*
Woman: See, he's even playing my favorite song!



And I'm sure you'll all enjoy this story:

I got pulled over by the fuzz. This guy caught me taping during Ocean of Noise and pulled me aside. I just gave him the tape and got back to the show as soon as I could. We just hung around by the edge of the stage, and our obstructed view suddenly became crystal clear (how's THAT for turning a negative into a positive? ) He ended up coming over during Power Out and gave me the tape back. Good times.

Antichrist Television Blues was played, which happens to be my least favorite on Neon Bible, but let me tell you, it IS much better live, just as people have been saying all this time. Also, another least favorite of mine, The Well And The Lighthouse, was played to perfection. It became a drunken singalong during the last verse that not even Auld Lang Syne could rival.

Now, about the band members themselves:

Win: Awesomely funny, spot-on musician, and a great teller of not-so-tall-tales.

Regine: Wonderful. I love her so much. What a performer.

Richard Parry: He got crazy into it. He always had a huge smile on his face and played his heart out. Majorly awesome upright bass skills as well.

Sarah Neufeld: Gorgeous and played like a madwoman. I almost drooled on my shirt when I saw her on the screen.

Everyone else on stage: You contributed to one of the tightest, most passionate bands I've ever seen live. It was truly marvelous.

By the encore, I was so exhausted that I could barely move around, but Keep The Car Running was truly inspired. I wasn't ready for such a great and intense show yesterday. Next time, I'll come more prepared.

What else needs to be said? Arcade Fire was made for the stage. They're a great live band with tons of talent and have crafted two great albums. I wasn't really feeling up to the show, but I put in my all, clapping, singing, bouncing, shouting, and trying to contribute to a genius rock n roll show.

The National: A-
Arcade Fire: A+
Venue: B

Overall: A- (I had to remove points for the short setlist, and not being able to see very well for part of the show)

Setlist:

1. Black Mirror
2. No Cars Go
3. Laika
4. Haiti
5. Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
6. Neon Bible
7. Windowsill
8. Well and the Lighthouse
9. Ocean of Noise
10. (Antichrist Television Blues)
11. Power Out
12. Rebellion (Lies)
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13. Keep the Car Running
14. Intervention
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^that's fantastic!

What did your Mom think of the show? Has she ever seen them live before?
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