Posted in music | pictures on August 5, 2010

photos by Bao Nguyen

"The Arcade Fire was majestic." - Tumbleweed

"that arcade fire show was unreal." - Anonymous

"I never thought in a million years I would say this.....but Arcade Fire at MSG was one of the best things I've seen in years. I am still reeling and still thinking about how fucking amazing it was." - Anonymous

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Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is making a run for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources suggest the new set could sell maybe between 120,000 to 140,000 by week's end (Aug. 8).

It's understood that "The Suburbs" is greatly benefiting from its promotion in Amazon's MP3 store, where it's been sale priced for $3.99 since Monday. (The store began selling the album one day earlier than its official street date.)

There's a chance that Eminem's "Recovery" may possibly retake the No. 1 slot. The album slipped to No. 2 this past week, selling 159,000 (down just 15%).

Arcade Fire's last release in 2007, "Neon Bible," started at No. 2 with 92,000. It was blocked from the top spot by the No. [Billboard]

Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Owen Pallett played their first of two NYC shows at MSG on Wednesday night. The second show, which will also be streaming online, happens tonight, Thursday, August 5th. Tickets are still on sale.

More pictures and the setlist from Wednesday (8/4), and a video of "Wake Up" with the entire very large venue singing along, below...

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SETLIST
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Arcade Fire Concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA Setlist on August 4, 2010
1. Ready to Start
2. Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
3. No Cars Go
4. Haïti
5. Half Light II (No Celebration)
6. Rococo
7. The Suburbs
8. The Suburbs (Continued)
9. Crown of Love
10. Intervention
11. We Used to Wait
12. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
13. Rebellion (Lies)
14. Month of May
15. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Encore:
16. Keep the Car Running
17. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Wake Up
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The Arcade Fire - "Wake Up" MSG 08/04/2010

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Comments (313)

amazing photos BAO!

Posted by Willy Wonka | August 5, 2010 4:06 AM

holy shit! these photos are top notch. glad to see bao back on bv.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:17 AM

Great show. They more than owned the moment.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:45 AM

Meh.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:48 AM

Here come the haters who stayed home and watched TV tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:59 AM

was seeing michael rother actually. but why would the tv guy be stupid you spent nearly triple digits (?) to see the U2 of indie rock lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:18 AM

Congrats to AF because we went to Hot Chip and it was horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:20 AM

Could someone please tell me the set times?

Posted by Jim Jum | August 5, 2010 6:20 AM

That show fucking killed. People who complain are bad people and should be murdered.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:12 AM

Owen was 8-830
Spoon was 845-945
AF was 10:15-11:45

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:14 AM

Crown of Love was a nice surprise!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:15 AM

when carrot top join the band?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:16 AM

how was michael rother? what was his set like? stoked to be seeing him friday

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:18 AM

Anyone have a Spoon setlist I enjoyed their set and I am pretty unfamiliar with their songs..THX!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:18 AM

Insulting AF by calling them the 'U2 of indie rock', because they are hugely popular now??? You are 100% foolish!!!

U2 > AF > your stupid parents for raising a retarded fuckwit!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:26 AM

best. show. ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:32 AM

The show was excellent, and the new stuff held up really well live.

i dont know, i still cant see it touching their 2007 shows.

Posted by Sruly | August 5, 2010 7:37 AM

Beyond incredible show, best live act touring currently

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:40 AM

U2's worst effort is 100 times better than the Suburbs.

Williamsburg is a suburb.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:45 AM

Umm have you heard Zooropa 7:45? And this is coming from a U2 fan!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:55 AM

wynn is certainly a bigger rock star / leader of that band that i remember. he owned it last night. bravo arcade fire.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:05 AM

"i dont know, i still cant see it touching their 2007 shows."

"I WAS THERE"

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:11 AM

really energetic show and, of course, the place exploded for Wake Up as expected - good fun

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:22 AM

uh, zooropa happens to be one of u2's better albums.

now they are desperately fighting against irrelevance.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:23 AM

8:23.if you said POP I would agree..I love that album!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:25 AM

I was pretty skeptical about this show after only seeing arcade fire in pretty small venues years ago. But they're show last night was absolutely stunning. I've never seen such energy, such a large venue feel so intimate and electric. A very special band and show. They were otherworldly; it makes me sad that anyone should hate on this band or their ambition because they've got the spirit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:30 AM

i figured i'd have a good time, but i never imagined, in a big venue, that it would be as electrifying as it was. they completely stepped up and owned it, tip to tail. watching the crowd erupt and sing the opening oh oh ohs of Wake Up choked me up a bit. yeah, i said it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:46 AM

A couple members of the Budos Band (Jared Tankel - Baritone Saxophone, and Cochemea Gastellum - Tenor Saxaphone) played along with Spoon which was a nice treat.

I thought Arcade Fire was a bit boring in the middle of the show. None of the new songs really grabbed my attention with the exception of Sprawl II in the encore. If you've seen them at a festival you know that AF can play to a large crowd... so MSG wasn't a problem. Songs like Neighborhood #3 (Power Out), Rebellion (Lies), and Wake Up still hold up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:48 AM

The Suburbs is lousy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:49 AM

Spoon was underwhelming form me, and goddamn, AF ripped that place up. So, so good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:52 AM

they need to break out Modern Man & Empty Room tonight. Zooropa and Pop are awesome records. U2 need to reclaim their balls

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:58 AM

Williamsburg is a fucking suburb! haha...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:07 AM

Spoon have never been an exciting live band. Great albums, so/so live show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:08 AM

Awesome show, I was totally sucked in. I don't even remember Power Out being played.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:10 AM

awesome show! see you all again at dave/bruce/jovi/coldplay

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:11 AM

Agree with 8:58am....they didn't play my favorite song off of new record which is empty room!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:12 AM

For the people with paperless-only pit tickets: was there a bad line or any other issues getting in?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:13 AM

i'm not completely enamored with the new album but that doesn't mean they didn't blow the roof of the sucker last night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:16 AM

Last night's show was epic. One of the best of the more than 100 shows I've seen at the Garden. I was on the floor (GA) and closer to the stage than I've ever been (which helped).

Spoon were great too!

Posted by Dan | August 5, 2010 9:18 AM

Even though I'm a Knicks fan, I've gotta give credit to Win for that Houston Rockets comment.

Posted by Dan | August 5, 2010 9:21 AM

It wasn't that long ago...
http://stereogum.com/967/arcade_fire_at_mercury_lounge/news/

Pretty similar list to the Philly gig.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:26 AM

must be weird seeing them in a stadium

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:27 AM

"U2's worst effort is 100 times better than the Suburbs.
Williamsburg is a suburb."

You want lemon?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:34 AM

General consensus on here seems to be that this show was awesome, even in the "cavernous" MSG. Fuck all those who knocked this show months in advance...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:37 AM

The trick to seeing shows at MSG is to be on the floor. I don't know why people bother with upper level seats (anything above 12). See you in the pit tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:43 AM

I'm glad to hear so many people loved the show. I am NOT saying that it wasn't a great experience for you. But...I'd love to know where you were, because up where we were (top section, even with the stage) the sound was so incredibly muddy that it was impossible to ever get into it. (And consequently lots of people in our section just started jabbering with their friends, who could blame them, but that didn't help much.) I don't know why the sound was so tragically bad--we were almost as far up and behind the stage for Pearl Jam and it wasn't anywhere near as bad. Is that on the MSG sound people or AF's sound people? I don't know but whoever it was, you can do better. A LOT better.

To add insult to injury, because we had the side view we didn't get the benefit of the screens. It would have been a really nice gesture to those of us on the side to show that same footage on the thingie in the center of the ceiling, like they do for sporting events.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:45 AM

Word - "my favorite spot in the Garden is right over here, because that's where Hakeem Olajuwan blocked John Starks in 1994 at the end of game 6". Win's a baller...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:48 AM

Was down in the pit and the sound was EPIC. I saw MMJ on New Year's way up and felt disconnected.

Won't make the mistake of sitting that far back ever again.

Posted by Jimbuktu | August 5, 2010 9:49 AM

an incredible show in every way. one of the best i've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:52 AM

Regine looked so freakin' adorable skipping and twirling around in that glittery silver dress. "Haiti" was the best song of the night, IMHO.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:55 AM

will section 202 sound good?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:55 AM

Unbelievably great show. They fucking murdered it last night. The sound by the soundboard was as good as it gets in there. People putting down this show simply could not have been there, and agree ought to be strung up and killed.

PS The Knicks blowup was awesome, especially how they immediately launched into the song before anyone could respond.

Posted by TB | August 5, 2010 9:56 AM

Surprised to see Britt wearing a fitted *t-shirt*.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:56 AM

Starks should show up tonight and headbutt that dork.

Every time I see these guys playing live they just seem like the weird private school kids playing dress-up and "performing" at one of their parents' dinner parties.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:57 AM

Sound was near-pristine in section 207 (close to stage) for me. However, my friends sitting in 345 (back of arena) had a lot of complaints about the sound.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:59 AM

that asian kid in the front row obviously had the most epic night of his life

looking through this pics gave me the chills. amazing live show!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:59 AM

Anyone remember what Win said during Neighborhoold #1....come on New Yorkers, you spoiled little something? He was really into the show last night!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:01 AM

I'm with 9:45. I generally don't get too bent out of shape with where i'm located for a show and I enjoyed seeing AF and spoon, but i was in the top section and it sounded like we were outside of an aquarium listening to the bands play inside. To make matters worse we were sitting by the concession stand so it was RIDICULOUSLY hot and smelled like hot dogs. It was also annoying to see tickets available yesterday in the 100 section when we bought out tickets seconds after they went on sale and we were litereally in the last row and paid the same price. anyway, end of rant. I'm glad to hear most people enjoyed the show (and i'll tune in tonight from my air conditioned apartment).

Posted by jkristian | August 5, 2010 10:01 AM

Question: As someone who's seen the band on the Funeral and Neon Bible tours, do I need to see this show tonight? I wasn't planning on going but these comments and that setlist have me second-guessing myself. Not a big fan of the new album but has the live show improved markedly?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:02 AM

U2 Red Rocks > Arcade Fire MSG

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:03 AM

10:02, it sounds like the critical question is where your seats are. If you have decent seats (floor or 100 section) i'm sure you'll have a good experience.

Posted by jkristian | August 5, 2010 10:05 AM

8:25 and 8:58 - true that. pop is also one of u2's better releases (along w/zooropa).

and 9:08 - please commit suicide already! the old "spoon is good but not exciting live" or any variation therof is so old and overplayed. spoon rule live!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:05 AM

Agree 5:20a-- the Hot Chip show was a turd. Not loud enough, too hot, long lines for everything. Miserable. Wish I went to af instead.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:06 AM

i try to give arcade fire a shot but everytime i listen, they just completely disappoint.

people who worship them just started listening to indie rock from mcdonalds commercials.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:07 AM

10:01 - He was referring to the response he got for his Houston Rockets comment. He said NYers are the biggest smack talkers or something like that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:08 AM

Game 6 was in Houston

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:10 AM

i'm so happy for that little asian guy

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:11 AM

This band and all their fans needs to stop pretending to like basketball.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:12 AM

Just for the record, that Hakeem block on Starks happened IN Houston and not MSG. Mothafucka!

But yeah, one of the best shows I've ever seen.

Posted by Jimbuktu | August 5, 2010 10:12 AM

AMAZING show last night. First time for me being in the pit at MSG and I wont have it any other way now. And no they werent three digit tix only $64 for and epic night. Well worth it. Oh and Regine is my new hero.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:16 AM

that's right game 6 was in Houston, he must feel like an idiot now...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:18 AM

Does anyone remember Billy Corgan talking shit about the Knicks during the NY stop of Lollapalooza? I believe he was also talking about Starks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:18 AM

"U2 Red Rocks > Arcade Fire MSG"

u2 Ritz(81)(aka Webster hall) > Arcade Fire @ Mercury Lounge.

Arcade Fire @ MSG 2010 > u2 Medowlands 09

and yeah I was at all 4.
signed old grey(not bald) and bitter.
ha

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:23 AM

amazing how far these canadian squares have gotten on the strength of one record 5 years ago ripping the rapture and neutral milk hotel.

fully lame, and entirely forgettable. soooo 2000's

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:23 AM

so is all ga standing room

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:25 AM

Are there tickets for tonight?

Someone post Spoon's setlist!

Posted by dhs | August 5, 2010 10:25 AM

someone remind me what makes spoon good, again?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:29 AM

10:25 the front third of the floor is... 10:23..Really NMH? Where are they even close to the same?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:30 AM

i was in the upper upper decks with fairly crappy seats and Everyone was on their feet loving it the entire time. there was tons of energy and it sounded great. i was dubious going into it, but totally blown away by the end

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:30 AM

Hey old grey, did you see Spoon at Brownies? That was a good show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:30 AM

same location, same framing...

and same epicness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaMQ4-m0YHo

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:31 AM

The following bands all share something:

-coldplay
-marroon 5
-bon jovi
-billy joel
-arcade fire

But I'm not sure what yet.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:33 AM

Who cares about basketball?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:34 AM

how was the scene in the pit? were people able to smoke a little herb in there?

last couple times I went to msg, the pit was like weed central... was security tighter last night?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:35 AM

I was going to post a comment, but this one says it all:

"i figured i'd have a good time, but i never imagined, in a big venue, that it would be as electrifying as it was. they completely stepped up and owned it, tip to tail. watching the crowd erupt and sing the opening oh oh ohs of Wake Up choked me up a bit. yeah, i said it."

Posted by DBB | August 5, 2010 10:37 AM

Epic show last night!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:38 AM

DBB, same effect for me but with No Cars Go. Hit me HARD.

Scene in the pit was solid. Many plumes of smoke.

Posted by Jimbuktu | August 5, 2010 10:40 AM

I'm a much bigger Spoon fan than Arcade fire, but saw AF at Osheaga in Montreal and now last night and Arcade Fire might be the best live band I've ever seen. There are very few bands now or ever that can project that kind of energy and power live. I feel lucky to have gotten to see them twice already on this tour. Spoon is just a different kind of band and a different vibe. Hard to compare. I loved seeing them and hope more people get exposed to them due to this gig. For the guy asking, I'm not sure of the order, but Spoon played:

Me and The Bean (Britt solo acoustic)
Nobody Gets Me But You
Trouble Comes Running
The Underdog
Stay Don't Go
Written in Reverse
I Summon You
I Turn My Camera On
The Ghost of You Lingers
You've Got Yr Cherry Bomb
Don't Make Me a Target
Got Nuffin
Jonathan Fisk
Black Like Me

Did I leave any out? Jealous of the people going tonight! Even though it's expected I hope AF plays "Wake Up" last again, hearing all of MSG singing the beginning of that song is awe inspiring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:42 AM

NOT TRUE:

(The store began selling the album one day earlier than its official street date.)

Posted by SP | August 5, 2010 10:43 AM

AF are okay enough but you do get the sense this was the last time they'll be playing MSG...it's all down hill from here.

The new album sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:46 AM

10:33 you're a fucking idiot

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:48 AM

the new album is fucking awesome. it really keeps getting better and better every time i listen to it.

everyone saying it sucks has no patience and is just looking for something catchy.

my guess is, in a decade or so "the suburbs" will be looked upon as a seminal album. people just want to hate.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:49 AM

Thanks 10:42!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:51 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:53 AM

more like a SEMEN-al album! AMIRIGHT?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:53 AM

sprawl 2 = pants-crappingly good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:53 AM

These pics are gorgeous. Bao 4eva!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:55 AM

sprawl 2 = a bad blondie cover. This is disco people! open your ears!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:55 AM

10:49, no no no.

It wants so badly to be a seminal album but has absolutely nothing of interest to say. Which wouldn't be a huge problem (the music is beautiful), except that the most of the lyrics are awkwardly phrased and riddled with cliches and generalities. Not as bad as the worst stuff on Neon Bible, but still pretty awful. Not a bad album by any stretch but anybody calling it a masterpiece isn't listening hard enough.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:57 AM

Also...what the hell is going on here? Arcade Fire ookie-cookie? Calm down you hyperbole spewing mo-fo's. Im sure the show want terrible, but this is too much.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:57 AM

it sounds more like The Knife to me than Blondie. either way, still a great track (and perfect vocal take by regine).

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:58 AM

If you weren't there, you missed out. AF's energy was incredible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:58 AM

BV -- Is it ever really necessary to post ~75 pictures from any given show? You should learn to edit. No more than 10 of any set of pictures you ever post are worth looking at. Unfortunately, most people never even see the 10 or so decent pictures because they are buried in dozens of other shitty pictures of things like that douche matt pinfield's douchey bald head.

smh

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:00 AM

Nice mix of new and old. Hopefully they play 'My Body is a Cage' tonight. Setlist broken down by albums:

1. Suburbs
2. Funeral
3. Neon Bible (first AF EP)
4. Funeral
5. Suburbs
6. Suburbs
7. Suburbs
8. Suburbs
9. Funeral
10. Neon Bible
11. Suburbs
12. Funeral
13. Funeral
14. Suburbs
15. Funeral
Encore:
16. Neon Bible
17. Suburbs
18. Funeral

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:01 AM

10:57- even pitchfork would be disgusted by your writing sample. Go back to your online game of dungeons and dragons. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:06 AM

For people who went to this. i'm thinking of going to see them at merriweather tomorrow in maryland (in dc right now). i saw them on the neon bible tour. is it worth spending $50 (aka half a guitar pedal) to see this tour?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:07 AM

No Jay Reatard cover?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:08 AM

11:07 - Yes. It's totally worth $50. It was an exceptional show last night.

Posted by Robert | August 5, 2010 11:13 AM

:1107

was there last night. have seen them from inside of churches to front of the crowd at festivals.

they're great live. but you know that already, if you saw them on the neon bible tour.

so is a hot summer night at the beautiful merriweather, laying on the grass enjoying fantastic music worth 1/2 a guitar pedal?

that is a tough one.


Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:16 AM

last nights show was absolutely amazing. we were in section 94 and the sound was pristine! loved owen pallett too... spoon's performance was lackluster for me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:18 AM

11:06, sorry if I struck a nerve. I'm an Arcade Fire fan but found Neon Bible disappointing. I really want to like Suburbs but can't shake the feeling that I'm listening to something half-baked. People calling this thing a masterpiece must be the kids Butler was singing about in "Rococo." Unless I'm missing something. It's definitely a good album though, I am not a troll (nor do I control one online)

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:18 AM

Great show. Always one of those things i don't really look forward to, but end up being blown away.
But Win and Regine still remind me of Frankenstein's monster/Bride of Frankenstein.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:20 AM

Unreal photos. Glad to see Bao is doing BV again!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:21 AM

i think regine is so sexy

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:22 AM

11:18... nobody was calling it a masterpiece yet... just speculating. i think it might have the potential to be a masterpiece, but it will take time to tell.

you've obviously just listened to it once and dismissed it. sure, there are plenty of generic, possibly awkward lines.... but that is part of the charm. while AF gets compared to Springsteen fairly often, their lyrical style could not be any more different. But I don't think that makes them bad.

there's a certain charm in the fact that they are constantly singing about "kids" vs "the man" and such. and it's a nice contrast to other new-ish relevant acts like Titus Andronicus (who I adore, btw) who constantly spout of pop culture and literary references.

do you want everything to be the same? AF lyrics work for the communal vibe they are going for.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:25 AM

What's the merch situation. There's this sweet light blue shirt I want.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:26 AM

Shirts were $25

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:30 AM

$25? that's actually reasonable. I was afraid of MSG inflation. Was this one there? http://www.arcadefirestore.com/browse/the-suburbs/?id=1841

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:31 AM

11:31 don't remember seeing that one...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:35 AM

11:31 - Yes that shirt was there. It also comes in grey (which I bought last night).

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:37 AM

cool, thanks for replying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:40 AM

Here is the deal, Arcade Fire killed it last night. As compared to United Palace shows a few years back and Randalls Island a few years back I thought the band sounded tighter if a bit less explosive. Point is the band kills it on stage and any naysayers are simply delusional.

The problem is the Garden and the 'fans' that come to these shows. Do not tell me that AF can kill it at festivals and thus should be able to keep 20,000 NYCers on their feet at the Garden. The Garden has seats, and lazy ass kids who know a few songs and never really go to live shows anyway, sit down at shows like this. I thought the crowd was horribly lame and distant from the performance. But do not blame that on the band, a venue like MSG dilutes the audience and weakens the live experience for those of us who prefer a crowd that is bouncing with the music. So while AF played on par with the Neon Bible shows, nothing last night hit the intensity of Randalls or UP...IMO

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:41 AM

Yeah, I'm still curious if this is all reaction from people who are just seeing AF for the first time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:41 AM

11:31 that was definitely there. I bought it.

Posted by Jimbuktu | August 5, 2010 11:42 AM

Well said 11:41. I try to avoid MSG and Radio City shows for that reason. AF is one of the few bands that make it worth the price of admission, but yes as a proud New Yorker I can say NYC crowds often suck especially at these places. They are too cool for school and/or never go to shows as you said.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:43 AM

Arcade Fire or Soundgarden at Lolla???

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:46 AM

I understand what you're saying about NY crowds but I think last night you were just sitting in a bad section. Where I was everyone was dancing crazy and singing along (really into it). ANd I've seen them before and been to a lot of shows in NY in general.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:47 AM

11:25, I hear you. It's funny, I didn't take issue with the lyrics on Funeral (except maybe that "watched pot never boils" line), but the clunkers are just harder to ignore on Big Message records. And while I think it's unfair to malign Win Butler for not being a better Springsteen, you should listen to Darkness on the Edge of Town. Bruce was always able to create that communal vibe while also penning vivid lyrics that create more than just a mood.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:50 AM

Who is this "Arcade Fire"?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:51 AM

11:46 Soundgarden! I was at MSG last night and it was amazing but Soundgarden has played 3 shows since 1996!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:51 AM

Fire, Dan, Fire!

Posted by Jimbuktu | August 5, 2010 11:52 AM

11:46 - I agree with 11:51, Soundgarden.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:56 AM

spoon also played don't you evah

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:56 AM

Soundgarden. Would be a very easy decission. But I'm not sure what the hell Chris Cornell sounds like nowadays.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:02 PM

11:50... it's 11:25 here... "darkness on the edge of town" is definitely my favorite springsteen album... one of my favorite albums of all time, period. i actually saw bruce at giants stadium play the whole album front to back last year. and i was only a few rows back in the GA field. "streets of fire" and "the promised land" were absolutely amazing communal experiences. i think i may have cried.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:04 PM

Cornell sounds great. Saw him a few years back and he nailed Jesus Christ Pose.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:07 PM

Is it appropriate for people to post a comment on last night's show if they weren't there? This thread's about MSG1, not the album. It seems people were unanimously blown away. I was, the band filled the space extraordinarily well and elevated an MSG show to what you'd expect of smaller, more intimate/communal venues. Forget comparisons to past shows, if you think this is worth $50 to you, then everyone who went last night would confirm, it's worth your $50.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:08 PM

I've only seen Spoon 4 times now, but they get a lot better every time I see them play. Last night's set felt very loose, and it looked like they were having a lot of fun with it. Fantastic setlist for the time that they had to play.

Apples and Oranges comparing them to AF, but I think the right band opened, to say the least.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:10 PM

Here's a big FUCK YOU to all the haters!!! It's cool not to be into something, but it's fucking lame to shoot it down just because everyone seems to like it. Eat shit and jerk off until you cry from being a lonely fucking loser!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:12 PM

12:12, I only cry when your dad jerks me off. Turns out he's my dad, too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:14 PM

With statements like some of these

"epic"
"best show ever"
"sound was pristine last night"

Do you even have to ask how old most of these kids are?

Arcade Fire always puts on a good show. I was there last night(in the pit) and while it was a very good show it did not hold a candle to the power of some of the earlier shows they have played in this city. Not even as good as United Palace. You miss the intimacy of a smaller venue and you miss the actual pristine sound. Hate that I may not see them again in small places and cherish the memories. But good for these late comers on here who get to see band somewhere. Love the ridiculous comments though so keep em comin. Hyperbole is the folly of a young underdeveloped and mind.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:14 PM

this was asked earlier but not answered. did anyone have a problem with paperless pit tickets last night?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:19 PM

meh body is a cage

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:24 PM

Neon Bible gets too much hate. Stop comparing it to Funeral.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:31 PM

Paperless tickets were a breeze. Enter at the corner of 8th ave and 33rd only. No line at all.

As for the age/hyperbole comment, I'm 40. I've seen AF play Irving Plaza, Judson Church, Summerstage, Randall's Island, Sasquatch, Radio City and last night at MSG.

No matter the venue, this band brings an excellent live show. All of the songs, new and old, sounded great. I'm sure being on the floor GA helped a lot. From where I was standing (about 10th row center) everyone was having an excellent time.

Admittedly, AF does not exhibit the same youthful exhuberance that they used to. They definitely presented as a more mature band, and there were less stage theatrics.

I can't believe the constant hate on this blog.

Posted by Dan | August 5, 2010 12:34 PM

@1231 Not true. You see the setlist? I count 2 neon bible songs. If thats not a admission by the band itself, that Neon Bible sucks, then what is?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:40 PM

hey 12:34... did they do a big security check at that location? am I ok bringing in a point and shoot camera?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:42 PM

12:40 they played three....Keep The Car, NoC ars and Intervention..the fact that their last USA tour was Neon Bible tour explains the absense more than anything. Most bands eliminate most live songs from the previously promoted album on the newer tours..

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:44 PM

Was at the show last night in the pit. Had "Paperless", but no problem with that. They just asked how many were in my party, swiped my card and on I went to pick up a bracelet at another table which identifies you as a GA. I was like the 8th or 9th person in the GA line so I'm sure that helped and they only let in 20 of us to start, so I don't know how the rest of the line was treated.

The show was great as soon as Arcade Fire hit the stage. Owen Pallett's sound was GOD AWFUL. I was right in the front of the stage center and I couldn't tell you any lyric he sung. Also, his little drummer friend's guitar was broke so I don't know if I heard many of the songs played the way they were intended to be. His looping was cool, but the sound made it all bleed together so most of the time it was just noise, nothing I could follow along too. I wasn't impressed with Spoon's set either. Better sound for them, but the set list never got me moving. It was pretty laid back. Not my cup of tea.

But then..... ARCADE FIRE. Awesome set, great sound, cool visuals, tons of energy, respectful crowd, and Win had a great connection with the crowd. He was standing on the gate for a bunch of moments (right above my head) and you could tell he was really into the performance. The new tracks sounded good ("We Used To Wait" was my favorite of the new songs played), but the older stuff was what got the crowd really pumped. "Power Out" was a given, but "Crown of Love" was a surprise and I liked that they play "Haiti". "Wake Up" is perfect closer and sent the audience out into the night buzzing.

To everyone who's going tonight, have fun! I hope your world is rocked.

Posted by Doc | August 5, 2010 12:47 PM

Keep the Car Running was an Arcade Fire cover of Arcade Fire. I do not acknowledge this as Neon Bible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:49 PM

12:49... you mean No Cars Go?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:51 PM

jeeze..what a retard, sorry 1251

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:51 PM

also...I meant I was the retard 1251

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:52 PM

Crown of Love was clearly the best.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:04 PM

Spoon was just boring.

AF really killed it. The sound was amazing. I think they were a bit better on the last tour, just more energy or something. I think they had more people (horns?).

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:05 PM

I also found Spoon to be quite boring. But, Damn......AF brought it!

Posted by treece | August 5, 2010 1:07 PM

how was security getting in? did they do a big pat down? were they letting in point and shoot cameras with no problem?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:07 PM

cameras in general were fine.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:09 PM

Spoon was awesome, the crowd just sucked for them...half full stadium of people sitting in their seats.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:13 PM

arcade fire are not actually good

they probably put on a nice live show, lots of horns and lights and bullshit, but seriously these guys are not actually doing anything even mildly groundbreaking

it's disco funky punk mixed with emo. super dated, super last decade

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:13 PM

1:13 (#2)

you're a super idiot, fuck off

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:17 PM

Owen Pallett 8-8:30
Spoon 8:45-9:45
Arcade Fire: 10:15-11:50

That's roughly what it was.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:21 PM

for you guys who were stuck way in the nosebleeds, I originally was too, but you'd be surprised how many OPEN seats there were down each section. I was originally in section 333 (all the way to the side of the stage, near the sound board side) and way up. My friend and I snuck down each level with each song and ended up stage-level with the band. The guard even let us sit in the front row.

I don't recommend being too cocky about it but its seriously easy to do. I regret not buying pit tickets because aside from some great enthusiasm the seats were not as fun as the pit looked to be. I think its a removal, which is hard for Arcade Fire's kind of show - the distance between the stage and the way back of the audience is astounding.. People still managed to dance and raise their arms up though, proving they could reach an arena

Also Regine was on the BALL. I have a huge girl crush on her - she is so beautiful! Everyone else was also really emotionally in it which was so obvious and great

Posted by pieholdensweet | August 5, 2010 1:21 PM

arcade fire? who cares. not a relevant band on any level except financial success. also, they're well known assholes in the Montreal scene.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:22 PM

you know what's less relevant than a band on a web site about bands? the montreal scene.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:37 PM

The people who are shocked that AF could pull off a huge arena show, such as MSG, dont know a thing about music. There sound is built for an arena.

And if you think AF rocked last night (which they did), try catching a Springsteen concert at MSG. Its like that for 3+hrs.

Finally, MSG seats under overhangs suck (and for any arena at that). The overhangs will kill the sound. If you find yourself sitting in said places, try finding an empty seat somewhere else.

Posted by DB | August 5, 2010 1:41 PM

since all of you plebians are dying to know, the sound sounded amazing from the suites. so much so, that i was able to shazam any of the songs i didn't know the name of. i bet if arcade fire had the choice, there would be no people in the pit and everyone just crammed into the suites, where the real party is.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:42 PM

1:22, only a member of the band's back office would possibly respond in the way you did.

you might be interested to learn that the author of the post you responded to is not from Montreal and doesn't live there.

arcade fire are disposable music, as essential as shelf paper, and about as dated.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:45 PM

Hey... I love this record "the suburbs"! I wish I had the balls to do something this ambitious. Suburbs is splendid.

Posted by Bono | August 5, 2010 1:52 PM

Ha 152. Are you being scarcastic? Balls?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:54 PM

1:52, are you a computer reposting the same weirdly creepy praise all over the internet, or are you just a poorly paid PR company cubicle dweller doing the same thing

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:56 PM

the suburbs is not nearly as ambitious as neon bible from a lyrical standpoint...its not like people havent made social critiques on the metaphor of suburbia in our culture before....neon bible however, took on what was going on in the world and what would come in the next two years...its an extremely relevant record and gets overlooked by Funeral by far too many people

Posted by DB | August 5, 2010 1:57 PM

No Cars could be NB or the EP technically. But anyways, I told myself this would be a great show if NB gets little coverage and Funeral and the new album dominate. Thats exactly what happened. Couldn't ask for anything more. I actually can't believe how much they still play from Funeral, but its such a great album to play live, how can they avoid it?
I'm old, seen a ton of shows and hate anything bigger than bowery like most people. I usually would skip anything at MSG, but AF have never disappointed. I think the choruses from Funeral lend themselves very well to a large audience. While most bands are terrible on the big stage, AF seem to get better.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but MSG was better than the very intimate Judson show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:01 PM

Quick question for those in the pit last night in the same situation as myself. I actually have a life unlike many of the over emotive "epic" commenting kids on here. So i cannot get to MSG till 9. My question is how packed was the pit? Was it easy or hard to push those little fuckers out of the way to get up close to the stage. I'm going to throw elbows either way to get where i want to be, just wanted a heads up. Thanks

Also, lol at this idiot-

"The people who are shocked that AF could pull off a huge arena show, such as MSG, dont know a thing about music. There sound is built for an arena."

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:04 PM

anyone know what time doors opened?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:05 PM

Why didn't they put images on the big chandelier screens??? It was just hanging there doing nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:12 PM

"can't believe I'm saying this, but MSG was better than the very intimate Judson show."


Retarded clueless moron

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:16 PM

ya gotta get a chandelier!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:16 PM

@718: little late here and i hope you can find this in the sea of whatever up there but rother slayed. really loud, not sure if the setlist will be the same on friday (show was named diff) but it had alot of stuff that was new to me and im a big neu/harmonia head. steve shelly is dingher incarnate. awesome, awesome stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:18 PM

I was there and I hate large venues, but it was an amazing night and they filled that space with enthusiastic energy (my only complaint: Spoon - honestly almost fell asleep! It's so safe...People in New balance sneakers can dance to it.)

AF deserve to be where they are at this point in their carreer (able to do whatever they want and tour the world)- while all the haters deserve to be where they are (doing nothing but sitting behind a computer screen minus pants complaining about a show they weren't even at - real fucking cool). So, who gets a point for this round?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:25 PM

who is this aggro Arcade Fire superfan calling everyone "fucking idiot" or whatever.

take a chill pill dude, they're just a melodramatic soft pop band!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:27 PM

people like this band for one record, and it's not the new one or the one before that.

worse still, that album is pretty much the sound of 2005. has more in common with the bravery than it does with anything anybody still cares about

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:31 PM

are you shocked by this guy? im sure ill be able to point him out in the pit tonight...the ex frat boy posing as a hipster who works at a hedge fund and then starts elbowing people because he thinks he deserves to stand where he wants even if he shows up late...the age of entitlement..got to love it

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:35 PM

funeral was 2004 not 2005 dumbass and you must know what you're talking about since you seem to think everyone only like them for that one album

Posted by matt | August 5, 2010 2:36 PM

Fuck Matt Pinfield!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:37 PM

saw them at arlenes grocery & college of the atlantic in bar harbor maine in oct 2004.
excited to see them in a slightly bigger venue tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:37 PM

Umm...I like the Suburbs. It's a solid record that translated well live.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:38 PM

pretty great show for $10

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:38 PM

I like Neon Bible more than Funeral...still both great albums!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:38 PM

Yeah, the 12-15,000 people at MSG last night obviously don't care about AF, a totally irrelevant band. I don't know what I was thinking by having a fucking blast last night. Some of you people are really sad, pathetic souls.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:40 PM

fuck. this. band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:40 PM

yes, there were something near 12000 lame, out of touch poseurs out at madison square garden last night.

"hipsters" having a "cool" night out enjoying a "hipster" band that sounds like disco emo, with cellos

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:46 PM

2:46..lame people at MSG last night, huh? What did you do last night? Eat a bowl of Hummus? Meh I think you are lame!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:49 PM

Some bands are better live than their albums (DMB) and AF is an example. I much prefer Spoon's albums over AF. I thought Spoon was great last night, but as pointed out above, it was an apple and an orange - they didn't hold a candle to AF. AF reminded me of the time I had 4th row seats for some guy named Bruce in 1977 - I haven't seen a band with that much live energy in a long, long time. PS - lovers of "My Body Is A Cage" should check out Peter Gabriel's new album "Scratch My Back." That concert with a 70+ Orchestra in March was also outstanding. Still, AF wins the prize.

Posted by Bee Fart | August 5, 2010 2:50 PM

please dont mention dmb...

that's not going to help anyone in this forum...your point, most specifically.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:53 PM

5:02 and 10:06 are right on about Hot Chip show being a turd. I've seen them 4 times now and shows #1-3 were at Coachella. Every time at Coachella they were among the most memorable performances I've seen. I don't know if it was the fact that Joe Goddard was absent, the sound being too quiet or that they make their festival sets extra special, but last night I was wishing I had chosen Arcade Fire instead. Oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:54 PM

2:49

hell hath no fury like a cubicle worker bee who briefly convinced herself she's cool by going to a supposedly "hip" concert, but then gets teased for it

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:57 PM

arcade fire fans = dave mathews band fans

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:58 PM

2:58...thats it! You have gone too far...meet me by the bike racks at 3pm!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:01 PM

OK Win and company if you ever read this. You did the arena rock thing for the over exaggerating children and clueless morons. Now please come and play a much smaller intimate better sounding place for the real fans who have been with you for years. The ones who can truly appreciate what an epic show really is.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:04 PM

most overrated band since Radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:07 PM

Um, I felt like I was watching a commercial for the Super Bowl during last night's encore.

Tedious, overindulgent

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:07 PM

the spoon disparagers never cease to amaze. the formula is quite simple:

SPOON>arcade fire

and the poster who grouped arcade fire with coldplay, billy joel and bon jovi is definitely on to something.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:08 PM

WHO GIVES A FUCK

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:11 PM

3:08 yeah..they all played sold out shows at MSG...so has many other bands!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:12 PM

@2:04 - I showed up around 9:15 last night, no line for GA and found a nice spot in the pit at stage left one row back. It was not very crowded or hard to get close to the stage. also, to whoever asked, saw lots of weed - security couldn't have cared less.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:16 PM

I cannot believe that someone on here had the audacity to push together the letters D, M and B.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:18 PM

Was in the pit for the show last night (literally next to they guy filming the "Wake Up" vid - that's me with all the wristbands to his right) and had no problem getting up to the front when I arrived at 745. Once AF went on, it became pretty congested within the first 40ish ft, so I moved back (better sound! room for dancing!). Get there by 830 and you'll easily squeeze up to the front if that's your thing.

One thing about the pit - I feel like a lot of the people there were business types, suits, execs, and other general d-bags. A lot of couples in their 30s-40s who didn't move an inch the whole show. Why get Pit tickets? Are you trying to impress your girlfriend and paying 150 dollars to a CL scalper? It sorta brings down your vibe when three people directly in front of you are still as statues.

As great as the standards were (power out/haiti/crown of love were the highlights for me), the new songs are mostly unready for a venue this size (except maybe Sprawl II). Definitely the most lagging points of the show. And the opening of Tunnels was, sadly, a mess. Whatevs, they're human. I have sec 90 tickets for tonight and I'm selling them on Craigslist. All in all, not as moving as the Radio City show on the Neon Bible tour.

Posted by anonermouse | August 5, 2010 3:31 PM

If you *honestly* think Spoon is better than Arcade Fire in any capaciy - be it live or on record - there's no hope for you or your tastes. Do you think Coldplay is actually good? I bet you like U2 as well...

I was at the show last night and spoon was so fucking BORING and generic in a Maroon 5 kind-of way. Maybe if all his songs didn't sound the same..?

P.S. - Fuck Matt Pinfield!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:36 PM

I went to the maroon 5 concert at msg, and they hit it out of the park much like arcade fire did last night. both were great. people on here arguing whether maroon 5 is better than arcade fire are missing the point. They are totally missing the point. Don't you get the point?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:48 PM

3:48 - Arcade Fire= completely different league than Spoon or Maroon 5 or *cringe* DMB or U2 or any other band listed as analogous so far?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:51 PM

@3:07pm...Radiohead overrated??? are you serious.....now that's a band that can play MSG and go back to playing smaller venues and not miss a beat

let the Radiohead hating begin.....

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:52 PM

3:31 is wild. Thanks for bringing that crazy dancing and energy to the GA section. All those people who might have wanted to listen to the band instead of being manic are just "suits" and "dbags". They must have been trying to impress their girlfriends. Grow up, you clown.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:52 PM

arena spectacle is something you buy off the shelf. there are people who specialize in it and you hire them, they do what they do for you.

it's not the same as talent or relevance

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:54 PM

madison square garden is a barn... i was sitting next to the sound board and the sound was awful... really sad... i left early... and what's with the tee shirts, the more expensive they get the thinner the fabric... spoon sounded much better at radio city and arcade fire was really undone with poor sound quality...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:57 PM

whiny bitches everywhere, this shit is untenable. so many little pretentious fucks, it's really amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:07 PM

There are way too many crappy bands being mentioned in this thread.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:19 PM

more tips for the PIT: you have to enter at the corner of 33rd and 8th. also, i was surprised by how much room there was in the pit. if you're smoking, just move up towards the front since security walked through the back of the pit a couple times.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:22 PM

@3:52 - i used the term "suits" and "dbags" because that actually describes some of the people who were there. No disrespect to people who go to work everyday in suits, you clearly are hard workers. But if you want to go to a show to ONLY watch/listen (which is totally great, that's fine, I get it!) why don't you just get a seat instead of taking one of the precious few GA spots? The idea is you're the only people in the house who get to move around. The sound is usually not even as good way up close anyways.

Also, I tried conversing with a few random strangers. Some hardcore fans. Some TOTAL dbags who were there just to say they were. I was talking to this asshole that consistently was ridiculing me for no good reason, despite me trying to hold a nice conversation. Maybe it was just a few people. There was one guy that tapped me during spoon and was like "I'm really fucking happy you're here because nobody else is moving!"

Posted by anonermouse | August 5, 2010 4:22 PM

I heard you have a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody. Every great song by the Beach Boys. All the underground hits. All the Modern Lovers tracks. I heard you have a vinyl of every Niagra record on German import. I heard that you have a white label of every seminal Detroit techno hit - 1985, '86, '87. I heard that you have a CD compilation of every good '60s cut and another box set from the '70s.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:24 PM

The participants in this community are a disgrace, if Brooklyn Vegan were a high school it would have been pipe-bombed by its own 5X over. And in writing that comment I've probably just red-flagged this site to the NSA... maybe they can do something about all you indier-than-thou hipster subversives that think you're fighting the front-lines of a culture war over a pop band's "relevance". In 5 years your comments will be just as dated as you claim this band to be.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:27 PM

how long was the hummus line by the pit area?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:27 PM

3:36, I could blow you out of the water with "my tastes," so we won't go there. if you think "The Suburbs" is as strong a CD as Spoon's "Ga,Ga,Ga,Ga,Ga," then I guarantee you don't know where the title Ga x 5 came from because you wouldn't understand the musical intricacies which are the genesis of the title. Let's talk about this in 5-10 years and see which album holds up. Do you own Ga x 5 ? I like everything: U2, Coldplay, Capt Beefheart, Tom Waits, Public Enemy, Beethoven, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Stones, Beatles, Girl Talk, Dylan, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy,Kill Henry Sugar, Jackson 5, Minor Threat, Glenn Branca, Husker Du,MIA,Steely Dan, Johan Strauss, Torche, Lucinda Williams, Fugazi, Smiths, Amos Milburn, and others. You should expand your horizons.

Posted by Bee Fart | August 5, 2010 4:30 PM

did owen pallet perform with the arcade fire at all?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:31 PM

hey 4:30, your a knuckahead. spoon was trbl trbl trbl. just trbl

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:33 PM

"did owen pallet perform with the arcade fire at all?"

He played the entire set with them. Win was also on the floor watching some of Owen's set. The mutual appreciation society in full effect.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:43 PM

4:30 listens to Beethoven. Case closed, Spoon is better than AF.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:44 PM

4:30 also listens to C. Wade Barkley, so the joke's on 4:33

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:45 PM

4:45 seems to be a knuckahead too. thats just trbl

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:56 PM

Win was standing in GA during Spoon's set and I got to say hello to him. I told him that I was at two of the Judson Church shows during the Neon Bible tour and that those were really awesome/intimate sets and that I also got to meet David Byrne and Michael Stipe there. He said that Byrne and Stipe were two of his musical heroes. I agreed. He seemed very humble.

Posted by MBMSA | August 5, 2010 5:02 PM

Well Wayne Coyne said he is an asshole. So there!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:13 PM

is owen playing with the band on tour? or was it just for these shows?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:35 PM

MEH MEh I hate everybody and everything!! Yeah cause I'm ssooooo F'n bad ass!! Yeah take that you fuckface! I don't like it!
I really don't like it! It sucks! Damn you all to hell!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:38 PM

Why are these photos getting so much better of a reception than any other set of photos on BV? They don't look any better to me, yet this photog is getting worshipped here.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:40 PM

Soundgarden? Are you people serious? One word: Spoonman. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:41 PM

1:13 or summat wrote: "arcade fire are not actually good . . . these guys are not actually doing anything even mildly groundbreaking"

If you expect every musician to be groundbreaking, you are in for a lifetime of disappointment, son.

Posted by LKJ | August 5, 2010 5:44 PM

1:42 Did they serve hummus in the suites?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:45 PM

Matt @ 2:36--Correct, sort of. Funeral was released in the UK in 2005. Perhaps that commenter was from the UK.

Posted by LKJ | August 5, 2010 5:48 PM

To Bee Fart: Defensively listing your favorite bands in an effort to appear eclectic is the #1 sign of someone with lame taste and an overall misunderstanding of the nuances and effortlessness that make someone cool.

Posted by LKJ | August 5, 2010 5:54 PM

"To Bee Fart: Defensively listing your favorite bands in an effort to appear eclectic is the #1 sign of someone with lame taste and an overall misunderstanding of the nuances and effortlessness that make someone cool."

I agree.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:01 PM

@541, Is soundgaren not pitchfork approved enough for you? Soundgarden is a waaaaaaay more important band and are vastly better musicians. Moreover Chris Cornell Lyrics > Win Butler lyrics X a trillion.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:06 PM

5:40 PM

That first photo is pretty fucking amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:11 PM

6:11 Really? Just looks like someone in the pit held a camera up and snapped. What else are you amazed by?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:20 PM

6:06 PM, Soundgarden struck me as cheesy in 1990 and twenty years later those feelings are only stronger.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:21 PM

6:20 PM, as Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "The decisive moment, it is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression." The photo captures the entire night perfectly. You have the sweaty lead singer standing over the audience screaming into the mic, crowded fans yelling and pushing in the foreground, and the MSG marquee dome in the background. Next time you go to a sold-out concert at a crowded arena try holding up a camera in the pit and snapping a shot at the perfect moment of the show. Easier said than done.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:38 PM

As a fellow BV photographer, I am blown away by Bao's photos every time. He takes sophisticated, expertly composed (and exposed, and focused!) shots and makes it look easy.

Welcome back Bao, and congrats on your recent projects!!

Posted by lori baily | August 5, 2010 6:42 PM

In which way is Soundgarden cheesy compared to AF? I think chris cornell is allergic to perfect rhymes, whereas Win is addicted to them. Total cheese. And if SG was cheesy in 1990, what the hell wasn't?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:52 PM

6:52 is right on..Spoonman a little cheesy but rest of Soundgardens work is solid. Superunknown is a brilliant album and I still to his day play Superunknown and Badmotorfinger when the mood strikes...I hope Soundgarden comes through NYC soon! I can't wait!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:53 PM

Also, this is 652 again. I do really really like AF though. But IMO, on the last 2 albums Win needs a little introspection and maturity to develop better lyrics. Thats all.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:57 PM

Why must Soundgarden's cheesiness or lack of cheesiness have anything to do with Arcade Fire? Soundgarden are who they are regardless of Arcade Fire's existence. And they are cheesy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:04 PM

6:38, 6:42--not buying it

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:05 PM

nope.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:05 PM

Wow 6:38 did you memorize that or rush to Wikipedia to impress us

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:06 PM

ROCOCO!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:09 PM

TAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCOOOOOOOO PEEEEEEOOOOPPPPLLLLLEEEEE

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:13 PM

All of you are scum and can suck my dick.
You fucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:14 PM

I am not a number, I am a free woman! You may call me by my name. I sure hope you critique every other photographer on the site. Bao and Ryan are the best around. Please give me a link to your superior concert photos, or point out your favorite set of concert phots for comparison. Concert photography has so many uncontrollable variables for the photographer, it's really difficult to take outstanding photos consistently like Bao and Ryan do.

Posted by lori baily | August 5, 2010 7:34 PM

My point is that so many good photos on BV get dogged. The photos in this article are good, but so are lots of the other ones that people complain about.

I'm not looking for technical specifications from master photographers to explain the superiority of the Arcade Fire photos, nor am I looking for philosophical quotes explaining the ephemeral nature of the perfect shooting opportunity. I'm looking for explanations from punters about why these photos get a pass and other equally strong photos do not.

So, thanks to the Bao Fan Club, but your point is taken and it's missing mine.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:51 PM

i do think i take pictures of equal quality with my cell phone when I am up close. Ill try to post some online so others can judge. and photographers taking themselves seriously are hilarious. dont pretend you're doing something that anyone else with a good camera and a good location can't do.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:30 PM

Yeah I was skeptical about seeing them live but after I missed the 2007 show, and seeing wake up at united on youtube with everyone rushing the stage I had to see them. Show was really top notch. They are really talented. Word of advice for anyone going tonight, there is a section right by the stage that only a couple of rows were sold seats. It's because of the sight view. Me and my girl went down there and got right next to the stage no worries.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:39 PM

@545,

No hummus in the suites, but Anthony Mason shared some of his with me!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:46 PM

Looking everywhere for the Spoon setlist and can't find it. I know they played these songs but can't remember the order or entire set:

You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
The Underdog
I Summon You
Nobody Gets Me But You
Got Nuffin
Don't Make Me a Target
Don't You Evah

Someone help!!!!

Posted by giunta13 | August 5, 2010 9:45 PM

wasn't bao obama's personal campaign photographer or something epic like that?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:53 PM

Why do you fans so passionately defend this band? Or any band for that matter? Do you think they know or care anything about you? You are a number, a sales figure. A metric.

When they dissolve, or disband, or call it quits, all they will care about is the money you threw at them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:00 PM

is that spiderman?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:14 PM

the stream is pretty good! upset i can't be there. looks like same setlist both nights though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:29 PM

10:00,

why are you here? if you believe that, you will by principal not listen to any music, and thus would not come here to discuss, or let alone read articles. Unless you think Arcade Fire wouldn't care about fans, but Total Slacker would.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:06 PM

"Why do you fans so passionately defend this band? Or any band for that matter? Do you think they know or care anything about you? You are a number, a sales figure. A metric.
When they dissolve, or disband, or call it quits, all they will care about is the money you threw at them."

you're confusing musicians with athletes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:09 PM

Where did the Arcade Dire guy go? I wonder if he is in good health.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:16 PM

Why for EVERY SINGLE ALBUM everybody says either "it sucks" or "it's great, but I had to listen to it a couple times before I started liking it. The Suburbs is fucking amazing, maybe the best of 2010, & I said that after 1 listen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:41 PM

Not a big fan of Regine's singing. So shreaky.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:18 AM

Young lady cannot sing in a live setting (at least from this stream). I don't remember her being this shreaky, as you say.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:31 AM

via 3:52 :

"3:31 is wild. Thanks for bringing that crazy dancing and energy to the GA section. All those people who might have wanted to listen to the band instead of being manic are just "suits" and "dbags". They must have been trying to impress their girlfriends. Grow up, you clown."

Hey remember the second night, when Win told everybody that if you wanna dance, and somebody tells you to stop, you look at them and say "it's A FUCKING ROCK AND ROLL CONCERT" and then they launched into Power Out?? Yeah.

Hey, 3:52... this is the part where you eat a giant, hummus-ey dick.

Posted by anonermouse | August 6, 2010 1:01 AM

I never cared for Regine's singing either, but I actually like her on Sprawl II. Just got back from night 2, and her singing is just like on the album (take that as you will).

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:04 AM

DMB > Arcade Fire

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:05 AM

DMB > Arcade Fire. . .if you're a dooshbag fratboy.

there, fixed that for ya.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:24 AM

Hey everyone, thanks for the kind words especially you Lori. Good to be back. To 8:30/7:51, not sure if you are the same guy but I hope I can gain your respect soon enough. Concert photography and photography in general is a lot more than just having a good camera in a good location.

Posted by Bao | August 6, 2010 7:15 AM

So...I just listened to Spoonman on 101.9 Mr.704. Not that cheesy. And that is thier most cheesy song. Its about a damb street performer for christsakes. What do want? Again, if soundgarden was cheesy in 1990, what wasn't?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:11 AM

Spoon's setlist (as recorded on my BlackBerry):

Me and the Bean (Britt solo acoustic)
No One Gets Me
Underdog
Stay Don't Go
Trouble Comes Running
Ghost of You Lingers
Written in Reverse
Don't You Evah
I Turn My Camera On
Don't Make Me a Target
I Summon You
Jonathon Fisk
You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
Got Nuffin
Black Like Me

Posted by Spoon Fan | August 6, 2010 10:25 AM

@ 911

Soundgarden kicks ass. Saw them on the Lolla '96 tour when I was in high school, and hope they embark on a full on tour this fall.

Posted by Funderburgh | August 6, 2010 10:33 AM

I saw them on the 4th and they were amazing. No technical difficulties on Wed. Seems like there were some last night while watching it streamed. I think Wed. was definitely the better show. Regine's voice live is not shreaky at all, it was impeccable during Sprawl II, so I think you had to be there to get the real sound, etc. I like this band a lot and will continue to support them, assholes or not. I don't know why all the bashing. Whether you hate, or love, it's apparent they love what they do. So just let them be and let the people that do like them, enjoy them.

Posted by shannon sinclair | August 6, 2010 10:37 AM

why do you care about the spoon setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 10:38 AM

was the setlist on thursday the same as wednesday?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:08 AM

re photographer comments:

"i do think i take pictures of equal quality with my cell phone when I am up close. Ill try to post some online so others can judge."

you're selfish. isnt the point of the photographer to give you access to the show? either if u missed it and wanted to see some photos, or if you wanted to see them after a good set (ie here)?

this is a free site...the photographers aren't getting paid...they do it because they love the music and they love to photograph. and they're sharing it with you! what's wrong with that? if you know photography, and want to see better photography on this site, here's my suggestion: perhaps you should pick up a camera, dedicate all the time /energy necessary to take some photos, lug around your gear all night, process them, and put your name out there, so other people can shit all over your free work under some bull shit anon alias. seriously? go fck yourself.

"and photographers taking themselves seriously are hilarious. dont pretend you're doing something that anyone else with a good camera and a good location can't do."

huh? how is that relevant?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:20 AM

11:08 - AF's setlist was the same except for a couple of placement changes (Rococo moved down two spots and Keep the Car Running ended the main set and Tunnels opened the encore - was reversed on Wednesday). The one song change is that they did Empty Room instead of Half Light II (and Empty Room worked much better live).

Spoon's setlist looks very similar, if not the same as Wednesday (I'm unfamiliar with some of their song titles, but I recognize a bunch from Wednesday).

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:21 AM

Why did the band wear the same clothes on both nights??

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:01 PM

The Fresh & Onlys kick Arcade Fire's ass.

Posted by Jocque | August 6, 2010 12:06 PM

thats a good question. Did they at least change their unmentionables?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:30 PM

Thursday's Set list....

Ready to Start

Neighborhood #2 (Laika)

No Cars Go

Haïti

Empty Room

The Suburbs

Crown of Love

Rococo

Intervention

We Used to Wait

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Rebellion (Lies)

Month of May

Keep the Car Running

Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Wake Up

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | August 6, 2010 12:30 PM

Couple quick observations...

'Hood #3 --> Rebellion is a fucking AWESOME segue for them

The rendition of We Used to Wait last night really opened my eyes(ears) to it. Sounded amazing, and Win went nuts. Was a really good take on it, imo.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:38 PM

@5:41 - thank you! one of the worst songs of alllll time. God Soundgarden fucking suck.

This show was really f-in' awesome, but apparently if you weren't there and haven't left your bedroom in about 2 years, it was awful and full of terrible human beings who should be shot for having fun.

Spoon have a harder time playing a room like this because they don't do anthems, and rely more on studio magic & subtle dynamics that have a hard time translating. What they do is actually a bit more 'difficult' than what AF do, in a purely musical sense. Not that writing anthems that actually get people worked up is easy, it's certainly not. But if you're only strumming 2 chords back and forth, it's much easier to really belt out a chorus with your eyes all squeezed shut.

I liked this AF performance just a little more than I liked their Radio City show in April '07, and I was pretty stunned by that one.

Posted by anon anon | August 6, 2010 12:52 PM

Fact: Soundgarden > Arcade Fire.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:57 PM

Hi Bao,
I wrote 8:30 (not 7:51). From your comment
"I hope I can gain your respect soon enough" seems there has been a misunderstanding. I already respect you and your photographs. My comment wasn't a statement about your work personally, but a comment on concert photography in general. Most times I think the amateur concert photography is on the same level as the professional concert photography. I think that if 10 amateur concert photographs were intermixed with 10 professional concert photographs and there was no photoshop, and the pictures were taken from similar locations, people would not be able to tell who took what. But that has nothing to do with you personally.

Also, I appreciate that your responded civilly, which unfortunately is not very common on brooklyn vegan. Anyway, the photographs are great and keep up the good work.


Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:17 PM

the jonas brothers will be remembered longer than arcade fire

and frankly, j bros have more interesting things to say

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:18 PM

I went to night 2. GA Pit, 20 feet back. Great show, but nothing mind blowing. Had a lot of fun, but I would not say it was an exceptional concert.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:24 PM

I went night #2 only because the reviews of night #1 were so positive. Paid $25 for a scalped ticket at 945pm. I can count on one hand the number of AF songs I knew going in and I thought the concert was solid. Seemed as though their real fans (admittedly not me) were really into it, so that says something. Glad I went, all in all.

Posted by Funderburgh | August 6, 2010 2:29 PM

i'd be curious to see what the attendance numbers were for each night, there were A LOT of empty seats in the back of the house last night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:36 PM

1st night....prob around 16,000
2nd night....prob 14,000

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:54 PM

According to Wiki...

For hockey, the Garden seats 18,200; for basketball, 19,763; and for concerts 20,000 center stage, 19,522 end-stage. The arena features 20,976 square feet (1949 m²) of arena floor space.

1st night: around 19,000
2nd night: 17,000

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 2:58 PM

far fewer than 17k on night #2. the entire 400 section was closed off, as was much of the 300s opposite the stage and on the near sides.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:20 PM

where is the Night 2 (Thurs) Setlist and photos and troll comments?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:36 PM

They did not sell out either show. Good tickets were still available on Wednesday night at the box office.

The corporate sponsorship deals required them to play MSG.

One show would have helped their street cred. One sold out, legendary show. Instead, just two okay shows to a unfilled Garden.

The band listened to the suits, and lost a ton of respect.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 5:01 PM

@3:07 You said it.

I'd rather lose a limb AND have chronic diarrhea for a month than be forced to sit through any of Arcade Fire's or Radiohead's tedious twaddle.

On the upside, at least neither of them are as apocalyptically awful as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 8:53 PM

thanks for the spoon setlist. I don't remember Stay Don't Go being played....

sidenote: these are the some of the stupidest comments ever posted online.

Posted by giunta13 | August 6, 2010 9:26 PM

Feel the rhythm with your hands, steal the rhythm while you can

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2010 4:34 AM

I never listened to Spoon or Arcade Fire before getting dragged to this show, and still won't afterward. Sorry, I just wasn't moved by either band whatsoever.

Also Spoon's drummer should not be allowed to play maracas.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:48 PM

I thought of a song that I think I hate even MORE than Spoonman: Black Hole Sun. What a turgid, bloated, ninth-grader's idea of "depth" and "soul."

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 7:38 PM

I don't like this band, but Jesus Christ - of all the things to take them to task over - nitpicking about "only" filling approximately 36,000 seats over two nights instead of the maximum 40,000 really does prove that some people really do just need something to gripe about.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 8:04 PM

are you kidding 7/9 - 738PM? "turgid, bloated, ninth-grader's idea of "depth" and "soul.""...That can be said of every single lyric in the Win Butler songbook.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 10:28 PM

that arcade fire show was unreal
Yes ,it is unreal.

Posted by Trisodium Phosphate | August 17, 2010 2:33 AM

Insults are thrown to see if people really do listen... I guess nobody is listening while he throws it

Posted by Shudasuta | September 6, 2010 12:49 PM

I don't like this band, but Jesus Christ - of all the things to take them to task over - nitpicking about "only" filling approximately 36,000 seats over two nights instead of the maximum 40,000 really does prove that some people really do just need something to gripe about.

Posted by كتب | January 30, 2011 12:29 PM

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