Posted in music | pictures on September 25, 2012

words by Kelly Pratt, new photos by Bryan Murray

If you're just joining us, also check out part 1 and part 2. Part 3 begins here...

Kelly Pratt @ Pop Montreal (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
David Byrne

Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, on to NY

On this tour, we are exceptionally lucky to be playing some of North America's most beautiful theaters. The Chicago Theatre is perhaps my favorite. Built in the early 1920's, it was initially used primarily as a movie theater. In 1986, it was massively restored and repurposed as a music venue. I find myself thinking of a memorable collection of photographs that document a number of abandoned theaters across the US. Many of these are beautiful rooms, but because of a variety of reasons (including urban population shifts and the rise of home video in the 1980's) they were deserted and are in various states of decay today. The shows in Chicago and Toronto go very well. We are at a point now where we can perform the show without having to concentrate on every little detail, thereby allowing us to focus more on the overall musical and visual impact (and the beautiful venues we are playing in).

We arrive in Montreal the morning after Toronto to play the Eglise St-Jean-Baptiste as part of the Pop Montreal festival. The church is majestically cavernous: there are huge chandeliers and two imposing organs. I head over to the Arcade Fire studio where David has just finished rehearsing some covers for the halftime show of the their yearly charity basketball game POP vs. Jock. As I walk in Regine is practicing some jock jams on organ for the in-game entertainment.

Halftime show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
David Byrne

During our sound check DB suggests that Daniel use one of the organs for the St. Vincent encore, "The Party," and also that, during that song, we put all the horns in the crowd. Luckily we have front-of-house engineer Pete Keppler on tour. He manages to make us sound great no matter what venue we are in, or what new ideas we throw into the mix. In Montreal we get what might be our best audience response yet, setting the bar very high for the rest of the tour.

The next day we all head to Boston for a day off. Most of us end up getting tickets to see Grizzly Bear at the Orpheum where we are playing the following night. [Like at Radio City] Their set draws heavily from their new album, which takes them further into psychedelic territory. The visuals are particularly breathtaking, accentuated by 12 or so hanging lanterns that rise and sink throughout the show. A few late games of pool later we head back to the hotel to rest.

After another very fun show we depart Boston for a day off in NY. First Beacon Theatre show tonight!

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Beacon Theater tonight is their first of three NYC shows on the tour. Tickets are available for tonight and tomorrow at Beacon Theater, and for the Saturday show at Williamsburg Park.

The photos you see above are from other recent BrooklynVegan posts. An original set that accompanies this post, by Bryan Murray, can be seen below...

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Comments (21)

this is fucking stupid

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 6:39 PM

I'm still not sure how I feel about this album, but the pictures and the tour diary are great!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 6:41 PM

> On this tour, we are exceptionally lucky to be playing some of North America's most beautiful theaters.

And then there's Williamsburg Park.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 7:49 PM

These are some good photos here.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 9:13 PM

The photos by Bryan are fantastic! Keep them coming.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 10:15 PM

Make another Team B album. Okay thanks

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:13 PM

obligatory frohawk reference.

Posted by Anonymouse | September 27, 2012 6:19 PM

On the Road with On the Road (part part)

Posted by "the" | September 27, 2012 10:48 PM


wow, If this show plays within 100 miles of me i am there. Are they in love?

Posted by tin veil | September 28, 2012 5:53 PM

This show was fantastic. The photos are wonderful -- more, please. (Hope you'll be posting some from Boston's Orpheum Theater?) Ticket was worth every cent.

Posted by talkingheadsfan | October 1, 2012 4:33 PM

Thanks for sharing the information, It's very informative and helpful.

Posted by consulta serasa | October 30, 2012 5:28 PM

david is crazy man! he bear bad

Posted by agregador de links | November 20, 2012 7:17 PM

vicent this go two morrow

Posted by sky | November 20, 2012 7:24 PM

Road triper! we can all

Posted by backlinks | November 24, 2012 9:52 AM

Unfortunately, it's always this bad. Worst part is that the loser has conversations with himself. See above.

Posted by Tobikat | November 25, 2012 5:00 AM

Wonderful Post thank you

Posted by Baixa free | February 28, 2013 9:04 AM

I would to hear this music live. Probably sounds beautiful.

Posted by mike | July 17, 2013 3:06 PM

gosto de musica ao vivo

Posted by buffet niterĂ³i | April 2, 2014 1:06 PM

gosto de musica ao vivo

Posted by Filmes Online | August 1, 2014 1:12 PM

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