Posted in music | pictures on September 28, 2009

photos by Ryan Muir

Phoenix's Thomas Mars in the SoHo Apple Store
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"As a devoted follower of Phoenix, I was considerably excited to see them perform again after their appearance at the Apple Store last Thursday. While the music was gorgeously executed and the setlist was everything I could ask for, the quotidian annoyances of attending a large-capacity outdoor concert presented considerable obstacles. But Phoenix is the kind of band that is worth seeing even if frat boys are elbowing and shoving you, sorority girls are trampling on your feet, and everyone in your vicinity is blowing a variety of unpleasant smokes into your face all the while.

With that said, Phoenix played a set of songs mostly from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but with a few from Alphabetical and United, their earliest records. Thomas Mars owned the stage with great warmth, more so than at the Apple Store, and the band passed their enormous energy on to the vast crowd, which was undeterred by the rain that began to fall toward the end of "Rome" and steadily increased through the end of the encore. The two songs that Thomas and Laurent Brancowitz performed alone during the encore provided a glimpse of what a Phoenix show might sound like in a venue like the Bowery Ballroom." [Trust Me On This]

Phoenix played the Apple Store on Thursday (9/24) and then appeared on Fallon that same night (I would include that video, but it's been deleted off the Internet). Friday and Saturday were the two shows at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage. Pictures and the setlist from SoHo, and the setlist & videos from Summerstage (including the part where Thomas came into the crowd), below...

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Phoenix - Apple Store setlist - 9/24 (via)
Lisztomania
Long Distance Call
Lasso
Consolation Prizes
Fences
Girlfriend
Rome
1901

Phoenix @ Central Park Summerstage


Thomas enters the crowd

Passion Pit Central Park setlist - 9/26 (mostly complete): (via)
I've Got Your Number
Eyes As Candles
Make Light
Let Your Love Grow Tall
Little Secrets
To Kingdom Come
Folds In Your Hands
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Sleepyhead
Smile Upon Me
Better Things
The Reeling

Phoenix - Central Park setlist - 9/26: (via)
Lisztomania
Long Distance Call
Lasso
Run Run Run
Fences
Girlfriend
Armistice
Love Like a Sunset Part 2
Too Young
Rally
Consolation Prizes
Rome
Funky Squaredance
Encore:
Everything is Everything (Thomas and Laurent)
Playground Love (Thomas and Laurent)
If I Ever Feel Better
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Comments (26)

You know it is a pathetic review when the reviewer has to resort to complaining about frat boys and sorority girls...as if we haven't read that review already from some nerd that got picked on in high school.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 9:45 AM

Friday night they played Too Young and If I Ever Feel Better.

Posted by Katie | September 28, 2009 10:15 AM

At the 9/26 show Everything is Everything and Playground Love were performed by Thomas and Christian.

Posted by showtrotta | September 28, 2009 10:32 AM

Drummer = BADASS

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 10:54 AM

Great show Friday night, sounded even better than the Terminal 5 show over the summer.

Passon Pit's music translated surprisingly well live. Would love to see them as the headliner.

Posted by GW | September 28, 2009 11:04 AM

I did not like the central park show. lacked any intimacy. MHOW few months ago was FAR SUPERIOR

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 11:17 AM

phoenix killed it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 11:19 AM

10:54 I agree...

The drummer is sick

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 11:23 AM

well no shit 11:17 - you are talking about 600 people vs. 6000. You are a fucking moron.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 11:40 AM

Phoenix and Passion Pit was tight..good atmosephere except for the left side of the crowd..Everybody else was straight kickin it though..and yes i just stared at the drummer for a majority of this show...siiickkkkkkk

Posted by conor whelan | September 28, 2009 11:53 AM

The sound was good from the outside on Friday night. Good setlists, although Mars' vocals were off a little bit. Still really fun. Going to Philly to see them tonight at Electric Factory with Chairlift, should be good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 12:04 PM

11:40 jealous cause you didnt go to the mhow show? poor little angry man.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 12:07 PM

Like plenty of others, I checked out (read: listened to) the show on Saturday from outside the Central Park venue. All the songs are loaded with hooks. Very fun band. I liked them before but they really won me over. Their closing version of 1901 had a great pause and build-up.

I also noticed the drummer rocked. Is there something about French drummers? The m83 drummer also really delivers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 1:21 PM

Honestly, the trio of tall frat boys next to my friends and I, in the center of the crowd were a welcome addition, suprisingly. They were moving and singing along to every song, unlike the 2 hipster girls who were so pissed that people were dancing, that they had to go somewhere else. Great show, great music, (and cute french girls). Can't wait to see Phoenix again, hope they come around again soon, but I doubt it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 1:22 PM

The drummer is amazing. Hopefully he will be a permanent addition to the band.
The crowd was full of frat boys who were loud and annoying. However, the ones around me at least knew every word to every song. Who knew they represented such a large portion of Phoneix's fan base?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 1:32 PM

I am way cooler than frat boys. Way. Cooler.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 2:06 PM

There's sorority girls in NYC?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 2:29 PM

Anyone find a setlist for FRIDAY?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 2:39 PM

i had plans saturday night, until around 9pm, so i wandered over to the Phoenix show, sans tickets, was able to pick up a couple for my friend and myself for $20, and managed to see the last twenty or so minutes from inside the show. $20 for twenty minutes was SO WORTH IT. these guys really delivered. too bad i missed passion pit though. especially loved their ending with 1901 and everyone in the crowds' singing (:

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 3:00 PM

Why would you pay $20 for 20 minutes! Shesh! You can hear perfectly from outside!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 3:10 PM

People must only go to concerts to hear. Sheeeeeesh!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 3:34 PM

PASSION PIT IS THE WORST LIVE BAND EVER. YOU STUPID DEAF HIPSTERS NEED TO OPEN YOUR STUPID EARS

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 3:40 PM

should be noted that Passion Pit is an incredibly sh*tty band and are just as bad live. They should just stick to doing remixes of far better songs

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 5:02 PM

drummer on start of lasso = sickkkkk

Posted by danny a | September 28, 2009 6:34 PM

The missing Passion Pit song was Cuddle Fuddle :D

Posted by Michael Zonenashvili | September 30, 2009 11:09 AM

I completely agree about the sorority/frat/smoking! I was shocked to see so many people who had just paid $40 for tickets to a sold-out show only to stand with their backs to the stage pounding beers, and talking loudly over the music, while there were so many people on the other side of the gate who would've paid twice that to get inside.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 1:49 PM

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