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Arcade Fire- MEN Arena, August 31st

September 6, 2011

I don’t like to admit this- but until last week I’d never seen Arcade Fire live. I’d had good intentions and my friend Kevin had told me countless times to make them top of my list of “bands to see live”- I just kept failing…

I’d waited so long that when my chance finally came- they were playing … blerg- An arena show. I’ve never been keen on arena shows in general. That normally stops me from even thinking about buying a ticket. But I have to say, I think I’ve changed my mind about them.

Arcade Fire were able to make this MASSIVE space feel tiny- they were capable of ushering in a sense of community… very impressive.

They are absolutely incredible live. I would go again- no matter the venue- even if it were 5 times the size of the MEN Arena. Lesson. Learned.

The Setlist

Ready to Start
Keep the Car Running
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
No Cars Go
(With “Champagne Supernova” snippet)
Speaking in Tongues
Suburban War
Wake Up
Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
We Used to Wait
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Month of May
Rebellion (Lies)
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)

I took some photos but please note I’m not in my normal front row position…

Noah and the Whale – who to be honest were kinda underwhelming. I dig them- but they were pretty meh…

Firey Arcades

I wish we could all have massive bands with all the talented members…

Very full MEN Arena