Posted in music on May 9, 2007

Win Butler must have heard about the Stooges show at the same venue....

Arcade Fire @ United Palace, NYC - May 8, 2007 (CRED)
Arcade Fire @ United Palace

Previously
* ARCADE FIRE & THE NATIONAL played United Palace

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Comments (57)

Or any Stooges show since they reunited, what five years ago now? Iggy and Co. have done the bring the crowd on stage thing at literally every single concert they've played in that time, including a few NYC shows a few years back that every blogger seems to have missed. Not saying it's not cool, but the Stooges show at the United Palace was really just par for the course. And, for the record, The Smiths used to do this all the time as well.

Posted by Matt | May 9, 2007 9:17 AM

the show was one of the best shows i've ever seen...and the encore was truly amazing and breath taking...i'm going to see them again tonight at RCMH...wonder if they'll do the same...

does anyone have the set list from last night?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 9:20 AM

they brought the audience onstage with them two years ago in Toronto as well.

http://www.chromewaves.net/concertPhotos.php?concertID=247&id=46&y=2005

Posted by frank | May 9, 2007 9:26 AM

Last night was awesome. Can't wait to see them tonight.

Posted by ryan freshbread | May 9, 2007 9:29 AM

The show was great and I'm so glad they played Haiti.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 9:40 AM

The greatest show I'll ever see in my life. I was right in front of Win when he came out to the front of the crowd.

Posted by Finchmeister | May 9, 2007 9:40 AM

I was right in front of Jeremy, the drummer.


It was insane... totally insane. I got a drumstick too and some guitar picks.

Wahey!

Posted by jason | May 9, 2007 9:45 AM

looks like a douchebag convention to me

Posted by dmg | May 9, 2007 9:49 AM

what was the song they were playing with everyone on stage? wake up?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 9:50 AM

looks like a douchebag convention to me

Posted by dmg | May 9, 2007 9:49 AM


Looks like SOMEONE'S got a case of the Wednesdays.

:P

Posted by jason | May 9, 2007 9:52 AM

does anyone have the setlist from tuesday nights show?

Posted by vanessa | May 9, 2007 9:53 AM

I ended up about a meter from Win. The whole crowd was simply crapping themselves over it. Pretty much the coolest show I've ever been to.

Posted by CupcakeKiller | May 9, 2007 9:55 AM

Keep The Car Running
No Cars Go
Haiti
Laika
Black Mirror
In The Backseat
My Body Is A Cage
The Well And The Lighthouse
Ocean of Noise
ATB
Power Out
Rebellion

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Intervention
Wake Up (with audience members onstage)

I think this is a bit out of order... but all songs were played.

Posted by jason | May 9, 2007 9:56 AM

This is marginally productive, but compared to Monday's set list they did not play Neon Bible, Bad Vibrations/Black Wave and Tunnels, and they added My Body is a Cage, In the Backseat and Wake Up. Encore was Intervention and then Wake Up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 9:57 AM

yeah it was "wake up". SUCH an amazing show!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 9:58 AM

The setlist was ordered for maximum energy... none was lost. Maybe a slight amount was lost during Ocean of Noise. In the backseat was amazing and so was My Body is a Cage... the sound was humongous.

Posted by jason | May 9, 2007 10:00 AM

A video from the stage...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eedBxLtnAWs

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 10:28 AM

I loved the show too, it was incredible and the energy really was at a high for the entire show, but...

There were too many of the typical New York crowd-I saw people checking their PDA devices during the show and spending more time videotaping and taking pictures than actually watching the show and getting into it-the audience seemed inert until the encore. And the funny part was there were people on the stage that obviously did not know the song. There were so many people on stage that I almost felt bad for the United Palace staff for having to deal with them. And some of the stage set pieces were wobbling severely from all the audience members jostling them and there were so many people on there I (and I heard others saying the same thing) were worried about people getting hurt.

Posted by Charles | May 9, 2007 10:31 AM

I was standing stage left the whole time... and people around me were singing and dancing, it was wonderful. It's really simple: With the enormity of the venue you lose energy the farther back you get. Two nights ago I was in the Lower Loge and even though everyone was standing, there wasn't much dancing.

It was such a great opportunity to experience the show as the band does... you look out at that sort of expanse and it fills you with this energy. Amazing.

Posted by jason | May 9, 2007 10:38 AM

ohhhhhhh I didn't know when I first got there. Alot of types that don't typically go to shows, was afraid they would be ill. And from where I was sitting, on an aisle seat, alot were ill, standing in the aisles making security flash their lights in my eyes.

But in the end, the crowd did not matter. The show was good, band was high energy, songs sounded pretty good, and got to hear 'My Body is a Cage,' something they did not play the night I saw them at the NYU church.

I've given away my tickets to tonight's show, going to see Patrick Wolf instead.

Posted by josef | May 9, 2007 10:38 AM

Does anyone know what times doors open at RCMH tonight? Thanks.

Posted by AMP | May 9, 2007 10:40 AM

The sound was a little off (particularly as you got very close to the stage) but all in all, was a great great performance. The crowd heated up toward the end with the amazing power out-rebellion interlude. In the backseat (which hasn't really been played live much since their 04' tour) was beautiful. The tower show in Phili on Sat. was definitely a better show (wider aisles, more mosh, better sound, looser security, better crowd (so many frozen bodies in nyc) but the communal wake-up on stage really was the icing on another special arcade experience.

Posted by djm | May 9, 2007 11:22 AM

The sound was a little off (particularly as you got very close to the stage) but all in all, was a great great performance. The crowd heated up toward the end with the amazing power out-rebellion interlude. In the backseat (which hasn't really been played live much since their 04' tour) was beautiful. The tower show in Phili on Sat. was definitely a better show (wider aisles, more mosh, better sound, looser security, better crowd (so many frozen bodies in nyc) but the communal wake-up on stage really was the icing on another special arcade experience.

Posted by djm | May 9, 2007 11:22 AM

The sound was a little off (particularly as you got very close to the stage) but all in all, was a great great performance. The crowd heated up toward the end with the amazing power out-rebellion interlude. In the backseat (which hasn't really been played live much since their 04' tour) was beautiful. The tower show in Phili on Sat. was definitely a better show (wider aisles, more mosh, better sound, looser security, better crowd (so many frozen bodies in nyc) but the communal wake-up on stage really was the icing on another special arcade experience.

Posted by djm | May 9, 2007 11:27 AM

The sound was a little off (particularly as you got very close to the stage) but all in all, was a great great performance. The crowd heated up toward the end with the amazing power out-rebellion interlude. In the backseat (which hasn't really been played live much since their 04' tour) was beautiful. The tower show in Phili on Sat. was definitely a better show (wider aisles, more mosh, better sound, looser security, better crowd (so many frozen bodies in nyc) but the communal wake-up on stage really was the icing on another special arcade experience.

Posted by djm | May 9, 2007 11:28 AM

The band was amazing, the venue was incredible. I was on the very last row of the orchestra level but still loved every minute of it.

Posted by banjoandro | May 9, 2007 11:33 AM

I posted this last night after the show but it should be in here instead of the other thread. Thanks for all the heads ups about yesterdays show and the fact that security was lettin people up. We had row kk but we stood down on the side and right when the lights came up we got directly at the stage right in the middle. Awesome and of course double amazing as Win came right up to us and pulled us on stage for Wake Up. Totally unexpected and incredible. Sound was spot on. Crowd energy in the front was great. Security was totally pissed off at the end as expected. I dont think they knew that was coming like for The Stooges. Guitar tech ran out in a panic and pulled the guitar pedals up before anyone could snatch them. Regine hung out for a few mins after and talked to us while people were leaving the stage. Enjoy RCMH whoever is going tomorrow but i would not expect the crowd being on the stage at that show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 11:38 AM

What, they're too lazy to march down into the crowd, now?

Posted by J | May 9, 2007 11:43 AM

Win Butler did walk out into the crowd-all the way to the back of the pit at the end of "Wake Up".

Posted by Charles | May 9, 2007 11:45 AM

thought they were great but I'm getting a little tired of the "we gotta be among the people!" schtick and either parading around the crowd or invting the crowd up . I know it's "exciting" but it doesn't seem very special anymore but just sort of like contrived jovial melee .

Also find the intense banging on anything around you thing annoying---and regine's stage presence is really lame.

everything else was great. sorry to be a party pooper.

-from the poop

Posted by poop | May 9, 2007 11:49 AM

^^^^^moron

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 11:51 AM

haha no wonder every band hates nyc crowds.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 12:10 PM

"thought they were great but I'm getting a little tired of the "we gotta be among the people!" schtick and either parading around the crowd or invting the crowd up . I know it's "exciting" but it doesn't seem very special anymore but just sort of like contrived jovial melee .

Also find the intense banging on anything around you thing annoying---and regine's stage presence is really lame.

everything else was great. sorry to be a party pooper.

-from the poop"

While I somewhat agree with these comments, I would note that most normal people don't read every show review or attend numerous shows by the same band. Therefore, when the band goes into the crowd or invites the crowd on stage, it is "special" because most people aren't sitting there waiting for it. Don't assume that everyone lives and breathes the Arcade Fire. I bet a lot of people were seeing them for the first time last night.

Posted by CN | May 9, 2007 12:20 PM

Seeing them tonight at Radio City, oh Arcade Fire, or should I just call you the proletariat?

Posted by DP | May 9, 2007 12:30 PM

does anyone know what the video clip was last night of the opening to the show?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 12:38 PM

I totally agree about Regine's stage presence, but I'd like to add that in my opinion she has a pretty irritating voice and she has trouble holding pitch.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 1:31 PM

i think everyone in the band has an irritating voice, but it works so well.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 1:43 PM

guys, i was like 2 inches from win, 3 from regina and jeremy the drummer touched my back. there was so much energy, the best crowd ever, did you feel the energy guys? i could still feel it flowing through my veins, oh my god the energy and me on the stage, literally inches from arcade fire. oh my god, i think i am ovulating. i hope it is jeremy.

Posted by beeatchboys | May 9, 2007 1:47 PM

regine does dumb praying motions and blows kisses and curtseys

etc

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 2:31 PM

OMG! ARCADE FIRE BREEEEEAAAAAAAATHED ON MEEEEEEEEEE!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 2:36 PM

I love how people that complain about the NYC crowd are busy watching the people standing around checking their PDAs. Don't you get it? You ARE the NYC crowd. If you are really feeling the music: dance. Sing to the top of your lungs. Participate in the event. Those that did that are evident on this Comments list, and those that want to snark about small peculiarities of the performance won't ever experience the joy of not only Win's bumrush-the-stage finale, but also the way the band left the stage before the encore to the sound of the entire audience humming the melody to Rebellion. Or the joy when Win commanded the audience after the second song of the set, "It's our theater, we can do what we want, everyone come down the aisles." Joy abounded at the show last night, I hope you were awake enough to know that already. That is all.

Posted by Pat | May 9, 2007 2:54 PM

exactly pat! touch my back, im ovulating.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 3:11 PM

I'm with Pat on this one. I was stuck in the balcony all night and was still completely blown away by this show. The crowd humming Rebellion was one of the greatest moments I've ever witnessed at a concert. With an audience of 3000, even if you plan that, you can't plan that.

I feel sorry for anyone who didn't have a good time because of x, y and z, but they've only themselves to blame.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 3:17 PM

"I feel sorry for anyone who didn't have a good time because of x, y and z, but they've only themselves to blame."

very, very true.

Also I don't think the whole merging with the crowd thing is a schtick. I think they're sincere about it. They remind me of the Flaming Lips in that respect: they want the audience to feel involved, like they are participating in something rather than just observing/consuming. I find that admirable.

Oh and Regine rules. Brasil was one of the highlights of the night. I love the way she dances and moves. She's amazing.

Posted by Lee | May 9, 2007 3:32 PM

ahhhhh best showww
i kept going up front but security kept taking me back
i finally got up during rebellion, and made it up(after being thrown forcefully off the stage twice) during wakeup and was like 2 inches from regine the whole time
it was awesome

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 3:38 PM

I danced the whole show and didn't take my eyes off the stage.

Posted by tim | May 9, 2007 3:55 PM

Hey no one mentioned yet the 2 gay geek loser guys who ran up on stage earlier in the show. One of them tried to run backstage but it was blocked by all the sound mixing equipment and he literally got hammered by security. Betcha those 2 felt pretty stupid later on having got thrown out of the show when they could have waited and jumped on stage with the rest of us at the end.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 3:58 PM

well thats what happens when you stray from the flock

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 4:05 PM

Two things:
1. I was standing right next to those loser guys when they ran onstage. They were really drunk and were smoking, then ended up being right back there a few minutes later.

2. I can find myself in the picture with everyone onstage.

Best show ever.

Posted by Eric | May 9, 2007 7:12 PM

Anon 7:12 is completely lying. Both of those fools were thrown out of the show. One of my friends was by the exit on the left side of the stage and saw them being dragged out. Furthermore they would never have been able to be smoking that close to the stage at any point. I was near those guys and there was security everywhere. They never came back. The poster above was probably one of them

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2007 9:07 PM

i sat near zach braff. that was the best part of the show.

Posted by jared | May 9, 2007 9:32 PM

Cool, dudes, I should check them out. What do they sound like?

Posted by j | May 10, 2007 12:14 AM

i'm seeing them tonight in Boston for the third time... hopefully they continue the trend of getting better each time i see them

Posted by connor | May 10, 2007 3:53 PM

Ah, but, Anon 9:07, how could I find myself onstage if I had been thrown out approximately half an hour before?

Posted by Eric | May 10, 2007 5:12 PM

They guys besides being way overrated aren't even that original.It's like the pogues meets the mekons meets the geraldine fibbers but nowhere as good as either three.Bits and pieces of the act were directly lifted from these bands. Early pogues banging there heads in tine with waitress trays.Also huge pixies rip off in sound.Also that regine chick needs to get knocked out like I saw bob noxious due to Dinah Cancer in 1981.And dinah was no where as obnoxios as this girl.I hate phony f**king positive stuff like this,reminds me of the waterboys.

Posted by otto fick | May 12, 2008 12:10 AM

Having the crowd on the stage is TOTALLY FUKING WEAK!...

that is the WORST thing that could ever happen... i work at a venue, and I know... stupid ass drunk people stepping on cables, breaking shit, kicking monitors, knocking over mic stands, spilling drinks all over the stage...

it is a fuking catastrophe for the stage crew!... so much shit gets broken when the band invites the crowd on the stage... it is not "cool" by any standards...

we work here!... that stage is our fuking office, man!... can you imagine if your boss at your desk job just decided it would be "cool" to let 100 people ransack your entire desk, throw your papers everywhere, and pour beer all over your computer?... think about that!

And fuck off next time!

Posted by Douchebag Dan | May 12, 2008 3:55 AM

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