Awe. Inspiring. Concert.
That’s right, it was without exaggeration, or misrepresentation, awesome! Eight musicians were on the ball, both individually creative and at the same time incredibly tight as a group. The Arcade Fire played a high energy set to a high energy audience Tuesday night in Vancouver. Win Butler and Régine Chassagne were lights out with their vocals, and every other member of the eight piece (that’s right eight) multi-instrument group were spot on. Gotta love double drum kits! The ageing Pacific Coliseum could not have been a more appropriate backdrop as they featured songs of their latest album, The Suburbs. Songs from this current disc recall the passing of youth and innocence, both personally associated with the Renfrew arena.
Nearly every song had the crowd tightly engaged. Modern Man and Rococo, both off their latest offering, might have been the only exceptions, but personally I felt Rococo to be one of the best played pieces from the evening. Other fav’s from the night: No Cars Go, Rebellion (Lies), Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), Keep the Car Running, and uber pumped to have them finish with Wake Up. That makes one third of the songs favourites on the night – indicative of a great show. Honourable mention to We Used to Wait. If you still haven’t checked out the interactive on-line film of that song you must do that now by going to thewildernessdowntown.com.
Thanks to Arcade Fire for an awesome show. They just may have had me missing my long hair.
You change all the lead
sleepin’ in my head,
as the day grows dim
I hear you sing a golden hymn.
With my lightning bolts a-glowin’
I can see where I am going… You better look out below!!
Arcade Fire – September 28, 2010 at Pacific Coliseum – Set list:
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
No Cars Go
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
The Suburbs (continued)
We Used to Wait
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Month of May
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Keep the Car Running