Posted in music on October 18, 2013

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire posted the above picture with the message: "Brooklyn Friday and Saturday! Dress up and come party with us!"

Who exactly are they talking to though? Tickets for their Brooklyn shows went on sale yesterday, and (not surprisingly), people -- like Gothamist -- are reporting that they're going on eBay and Craigslist for upwards to $500. They're a bit cheaper on StubHub but still around $200. I wonder what their pal/producer James Murphy would have to say about this.

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Comments (201)

yeah, sold mine to some stupid fuckers. enjoy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:41 AM

They're talking to me and I'm going to dress up.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:42 AM

I'm dressing up as a scalper circa 2002 Irving Plaza.

Posted by Hawaii Coat Checker(!) | October 18, 2013 10:42 AM

What is this dress up nonsense? Is this like Kiss or something, or some lame attempt to match the Flaming Lips shenanigans? How about just playing a good fucking show without all the unwarranted hype.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:43 AM

I think Arcade Fire and Wes Anderson are headed down the same path...

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:43 AM

@10:43 it's called a party, bro. chill out. i get that you've probably never been to one.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:50 AM

The fact that many people "accidently" didn't get presale codes emailed to them until after the presale "sold out" didn't help. They're all crooks, indie or otherwise. When I complained they simply responded that me purchasing the album this way more directly supported the band. Whoopie.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:53 AM

"I wonder what their pal/producer James Murphy would have to say about this."

Probably "Win, wait until most of the scalped tickets have sold at a substantial markup, then add a few more shows."

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:53 AM

Any idea on set time?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:54 AM

10:53 - The code will be good all tour, so instead of this you'll be able to go and actually know the songs you're gonna hear.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:57 AM

HERB CONVENTION.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:01 AM

"I wonder what their pal/producer James Murphy would have to say about this."

He probably said, "are you gonna eat that?"

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:04 AM

ShmAlbum? Would much rather dance at the show than jerk off on my dusty preordered vinyl while roomie 3 makes her 3rd october boyfriend watch eraserhead on blast in the netflix room.

Posted by Jone | October 18, 2013 11:04 AM

Has anyone else who bought tickets during the presale had the ability to print their tickets yet? Supposedly the printing delay was going to be lifted yesterday evening, but I still can't print out my tickets for Saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:05 AM

Ha, at least the Montreal shows for this were only $9...

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:08 AM

11:05 email from TM " At this time there is currently a delivery delay for The Reflektors. We are still working to verify all ticket orders for this event to ensure that no ticket limit issues exist. We expect to have all The Reflektors tickets released for printing by October 19, 2013. Sorry for the delay, and for any confusion the message in your My Account may have caused!"

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:14 AM

these shows will be a little different than the montreal shows. and by that i mean we are getting more than 7-9 songs.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:15 AM

@11:05 - TM told me the delay will be lifted after 10 am on the day of the show (i.e. Saturday). Hope I don't have to run around Bushwick looking for a printer an hour before the show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:19 AM

"Recalling the time they spent recording with Bowie in America, he continues: "What was cool was that we were mixing at Electric Lady studios in New York. The line he does on 'Reflektor' echoes the line he does on 'Fame', the song he recorded in the very same studio with John Lennon. So he showed up and said, 'The last time I was here I was recording with John Lennon.' And we looked at each other to say, 'And here you are recording with Arcade Fire.'"

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:21 AM

I hear they are shooting a music video and that is why people need to be in costume....

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:23 AM

People trying to print their tickets from TM - go to the order confirmation email from Ticketmaster that you received on Wednesday and click print my tickets. You should be all set. See you there - looking to rage.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:23 AM

Anyone able to print their tix for Saturday yet? Mine still says there's a delay.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:29 AM

11:23 B -- that just took me to the screen that says there is a delay that has not been lifted. were you actually able to print your presale tix?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:31 AM

friday is printable, saturday is not... friday got lifted yesterday afternoon, so i expect saturday to be lifted today..

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:33 AM

im guessing they put the delay was until thursday night on both events, but in reality it's a delay until the night before. so will probably be lifted either tonight for the saturday show, or, as someone posted above, by saturday morning.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:34 AM

Nope, still cannot print tix for Saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:38 AM

I called TM and they said the delay would be lifted on the day of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:45 AM

Sorry guys - I'm 11:23 and I have tickets for tonight only.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:50 AM

White people.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:53 AM

10:53#2 FTW

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:54 AM

Is the Arcade Fire out yet?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 12:10 PM

Was able to print tickets for tonight (Friday) by going to the original email.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 12:11 PM

Jimbone has just this to say to the idea-haters and lame-o joykillers:

Are you that afraid to have just a modicum of fun? If so, then please move far, far away.

Posted by Jimbone | October 18, 2013 12:29 PM

Wondering if the epic pit-fart will be present on this tour.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 12:30 PM

whatever happened to just buying tix for the damn venue itself?!

with prices like the above this has to be music for yuppies

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 12:51 PM

12:51 ^ uhm my ticket was 45 dollars, pretttttty sure thats not yuppie territory. because shit gets marked up on the secondary market doesnt always have to do with music itself yo.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 12:58 PM

12:30 yes

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 1:00 PM

I cut the cheese at MSG '11. See you suckers Saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 1:06 PM

This costume/ formal wear mandatory is bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 1:57 PM

1:57, if you can't manage to throw together a quick costume or some nice clothes, fuck off.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:04 PM

you won't get turned away for attire, just covered with the artistic equivalent of a garbage bag (really).

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:09 PM

hipsters wear costumes everyday of their stupid lives.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:11 PM

people still getting wet over this band?
that's so, like, 2007

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:14 PM

I am gonna go as a flaming lip

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:29 PM

to add to 209, somebody said on another post about the costume/formal attire requirement that if you show up without it, they give you a white jumpsuit to wear

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:31 PM

2:04 - If they mentioned it up front in their email, and attire was actually mandatory, I would have passed. Dressing up for a rock concert is bullshit. Halloween is for children. Fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:40 PM

this is exciting yall.. ya kno chattin bout the show.. dressin up.. man!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:42 PM

Yeah, well I've got costumes/formal wear in my apartment but I don't have a fucking printer.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 2:49 PM

Hearing 2 set times:
Doors at 7:00, on at 8:00. Or
Doors at 7:30, on at 9:00...

Anyone know?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 3:05 PM

The tickets say 8pm. Nothing about door times.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 3:06 PM

It's really annoying that ticketmaster won't let people print their saturday tickets. lots of people have printers at work but not at home.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 3:29 PM

if you have a job, and can afford these tickets, why can't you buy a $39 printer?

http://www.amazon.com/HP-Deskjet-Printer-CH340A-B1H/dp/B003YGZIY0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382125313&sr=8-1&keywords=printer

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 3:42 PM

People will whine about anything. If you can't print your tix, call TM and they can probably switch it to will call.

Also, who doesn't have a printer in 2013? They're cheap as hell, dude.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 3:43 PM

If I walk home from Bushwick after the show in a god damn tux I am without a doubt going to get raped and robbed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 3:44 PM

I'm gonna dress up like a klansman and suck off a bunch of guys

Posted by D | October 18, 2013 3:54 PM

Fuck. Reading this and realize that my HP is out of fucking MAGENTA so it won't print at all.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 3:57 PM

Can't you just show the tix on your smartphone?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 4:07 PM

TM has updated their event info to say printing will be made available on Friday evening.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 4:10 PM

@3:44 okkkkk sure you racist motherfucker.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 4:13 PM

Concert Information (all times are EST):
· Doors open at 7:30pm
· The concert will begin at 9:00pm.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 4:22 PM

I made $650 on this show. Love hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 4:37 PM

Where did you get those times from?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 4:38 PM

gonna be on the lookout for you 344 and 413, i havent pillaged a tuxedo in quite a while

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 4:57 PM

@438 Sirius XM, who is a sponsor. They're legit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 5:00 PM

Indie rock is dead.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 5:25 PM

yet Roseland Ballroom closing isn't news on a music site; what were we thinking!

oh yeah, get bent

Posted by blayne | October 18, 2013 5:50 PM

45 dollars is definitely yuppie territory. 5-7 is not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 6:29 PM

Tickets released by Ticketmaster to print and tons are on Stubhub at (relatively)cheap prices.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 6:52 PM

And the ticketmaster site has crashed.

And stubhub prices just dropped through the floor.

Posted by capitalist pig | October 18, 2013 7:01 PM

They are playing a 2nd show after on the CMJ Lyte Truck

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 7:02 PM

If by crashed you mean the lowest ticket is going for 230 than yeah what a steal

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 7:15 PM

If by $230, you mean $190...

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 7:22 PM

at the show, standing near the board. it's absolutely terrible if you're interested in hearing something other than an endless drone of bass.

would've sold my tickets had i known.

ps the band plays behind the curtains to the left when you walk in. most of us that got here super early got trolled by going to what admittedly looked to be a fake stage (and was).

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 10:13 PM

Ugh keep that shit a secret

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:19 PM

HORRID sound

10 songs only

fake stage "prank" that dicked over everyone who waited on line for hours and ended with a human stampede that could've killed someone

basically don't go tomorrow

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:43 PM

Yeah, the almost getting trampled thing (not a joke, a very real possibility)... it's fine to ruin that "secret" for Saturday people so they don't fucking die.

Also, I wish I had gotten Saturday tickets so I could've heard about Friday and bailed. Never would've thought this band would pull that kind of bullshit -- playing two or three old songs for $45, one hour set, suddenly leave the stage without saying anything, everyone assumes it's an intermission since the lights stay down. 20 minutes and another $4 water down, Win comes out to say he's going to come dance with people and they aren't playing any more songs. HUGE boos, which was another surprise.

Would've been an amazing $20 show. For $45 or the three-times-face some friends paid? Get real.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 11:56 PM

Yeah I don't know if I've seen so much utter contempt for an audience in my life. Oh and fuck James Murphy too.

My condolences to anyone who may have been injured in the stampede. Please sue the fuck out of Arcade Fire. I will root for you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:07 AM

this really did suck, 11:56 is 100% accurate

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:13 AM

You people knew what you were in for. The Reflektors shows in Canada were the same deal, minus any old songs.

If you went into this expecting a full show, you're a moron. Yes, it was expensive for a short set, but stop acting surprised.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:14 AM

Was there a bar inside? And did win dance at meserole or did they all just bail?..I paid for 45 for both msg shows and now after reading these posts kinda pissed to pay the same for ten songs only

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:20 AM

There was a bar but it took about 20 minutes to get a drink. Bartenders were definitely not trained to handle this type of volume.

They stayed for a DJ thing but it barely makes up for the atrocity committed earlier in the evening.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:21 AM

^yeaa but the Montreal shows were only 9 bucks a pop that's a bit different ..that said if the band or win actually did stick around to chill/dance with ppl and you still left that's silly because your not getting that experience at Barclays

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:27 AM

The thing with "dancing" with Win and co. is that the 100s of people who stayed were only staying to dance with him. So, basically, you were dancing 50 feet away from him anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:29 AM

Did anyone get seriously hurt during the stampede?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:36 AM

Was there an opening band tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:40 AM

So what time did the show start?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:48 AM

This is the trajectory of every band now. No more money being made on dc sales or iTunes downloads so they rape you with ticket prices and fees

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:50 AM

@ 12:40 and 12:48

No opening band. Doors opened around 8:15. Arcade Fire at 9:35.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:54 AM

show started at 9:40 and ended at 10:40.
arcade fire lost some fans tonight. this felt like it could be a mistake to attend and sadly it was.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:56 AM

I don't believe this so you guys are saying NOBODY tried
To dance with Sarah?! LAME

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:57 AM

They had to end early to pay the babysitter

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:01 AM

pissed i missed the dismemberment plan for this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:04 AM

I got there pretty late and was standing near the back, to the left. I accepted that I would be far away from the stage, no big deal.

Then James Murphy came out and introduced the band, saying something about there only being three members. Then three people came out with those big masks on and started to play, but pretty soon it became clear that they were playing badly on purpose and the sound was getting all muddy.

Then, right behind me, we heard the sound of bongos and it soon became pretty clear that behind the black curtain behind us was the actual band. The curtain came down and suddenly I was right in front of the stage. There was a push of people to the stage but it wasn't that bad for those of us who were lucky enough to be up front.

I totally lucked out and had a great time. I'm sure a lot of other people were pissed and the end of the show was a pretty big letdown. If they knew that they weren't going to play any more songs, they should have told us right away instead of making us wait for 15-20 min. A few of the new songs sounded excellent. "Normal Person" is an awesome song with a Nirvana-like hook.

Posted by DrJimmy | October 19, 2013 1:33 AM

An hour is pretty short

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:39 AM

Pit fart

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:39 AM

Here comes the pit fart

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:40 AM

no, you don't need to dress up. they weren't stopping anyone that wasn't in costume or whatever. they just seemed to want to get people in as quickly as possible. it's also hot as balls in this place, but that shouldn't come as a total surprise.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:57 AM

flash me

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 2:38 AM

Sound was great upfront. Great show. They at times pulled off the party vibe, sometimes fell flat. New stuff for the most part is really solid. Lame that they didn't do an encore.

I hear the sound sucked in back. No surprise given the venue. Avoid hot costumes or heavy suits.

People complaining about seeing Arcade Fire for $45 at a venue of this size need to go get a life. This was a rare chance to see a great band in their primate in a super intimate venue. Some things may not play out as they would on a rehearsed arena tour.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 2:55 AM

did most people dress up?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:02 AM

thats what arcade fire wanted them to do

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:48 AM

seemed like most of the crowd went in formal attire. remnants of now poorly-fitting bar mitzvah suits for the guys, mostly. and nobody was enforcing the dress code or whatever thing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:56 AM

So they played older songs?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:03 AM

maybe. i don't know, i didn't go.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:46 AM

2:55 well said. If you paid $45 this was a steal and an experience you're not going to get too often. Sound was good. You don't need to dress up, in fact avoid it because its very hot inside and bring a flask.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 7:06 AM

What a cash grab!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 8:20 AM

I'd like to think that Arcade Fire is a little beyond the "cash grab".

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 8:37 AM

Good show. New songs mainly. Only about 2 old songs. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) and Neighborhood #3 (Power Out).

Was kinda douchy that he made us stand for a hot 20 min before telling us he wouldn't do encore. Instead said we can dance with the band on the dancefloor while they DJ.

Overall, a good show if you were the lucky ones to get tickets for face value. Said that majority of tickets went to the pre-sale. About 1800.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 9:24 AM

Everyone who said the sound was great obviously was up really close. The sound was atrocious, even considering venue. You couldn't hear a word anyone was singing or what Win was saying between songs. The feedback was pretty consistent -- and definitely not on purpose.

And yes, sneak in water because it's incredibly hot, no air circulation of any kind, a terrible fire hazard and a shocker that no one was injured or passed out from the lack of air.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 9:38 AM

Amazing show. Enjoy this band in their prime....

1800 tix went to real fans in the presale. Rare and a great thing.

Only "200 people" had heard the new (8?) songs before. How much is that worth to you? When have you experienced that with a band?

The stage switch - great for people that have jobs, can't get there super early, and I lucked out. Never been that close for a show. Yes I got lucky. Almost got trampled by Win when he jumped into the crowd.

Great crowd enjoying the moment, dressed up and all smiles. A great EVENT. Go if you can.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 10:01 AM

I agree that it was a fantastic show. I was one of the people who was off to the left (so right up front) when the curtain came down. So obviously I was thrilled about that, but I ALSO think I would have found it hilarious and cute even if I hadn't benefited. (And people who were upfront at the fake stage got to climb up on to the fake stage to watch from there, which might have been one of the best seats in the house.) And the band offered a sheepish apology for the move to those who were further back; I thought that was classy.

From where I was, the sound was fantastic. Couldn't tell you about further back.

Also, the costume / formal wear thing: get over yourselves! I thought it contributed to the vibe being kinda fun and kinda ridiculous. If you were pouting about that, you definitely weren't in the right mindset.

I could see being ticked if I made mark-up prices, but overall, I'm pretty amazed at the vitriol here. They could have played MSG and sold it out; they decided to play a much more intimate show. I'm not a huge Arcade Fire fanboy or anything, but I thought it was a great show, and it's one I'll probably always remember.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 10:25 AM

Anyone who didn't get tickets, you still may have a chance. My friends were going to meet a scalper and when they got there, he tried jacking up the price even more on tickets. So they walked around and asked someone if they were scalping and told them what happened with the other guy. The guy ended up being from Sirius, gave them free tickets, and asked for that scalpers phone number. They apparently have people from Sirius walking around trying to help out people so they don't get ripped off.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 10:30 AM

Regina's skirt revealed that she keeps a full dark bush.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 10:33 AM

"but I ALSO think I would have found it hilarious and cute even if I hadn't benefited."

no one where I was (front and center of fake stage) thought it was cute. tons of people spent their day in line only to be backstabbed by the band they were paying to see. yeah it was a clever idea....but it still was a dick move.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 10:36 AM

This was the worst musical experience of my life. I was so fucking insulted. Here's what really happened at the end of the night. The band leaves the stage after one hour. The lights stay down. 15-20 mins go by and King Douche comes out and says something like, you know when your standing next to someone with B.O. and you don't want to say something, well that's what this is like. We aren't playing anymore songs so you just standing there staring at the stage is uncomfortable. He goes on to say they are gonna dance and DJ and party with everyone. At which point there is a loud chorus of boos and a ton of people head for the door. Here is my problem. You treat your audience like assholes. 10 songs for 45 dollars is bullshit. Period. Then you compare your audience to an awkward fat man with B.O. And with a pretentious jerk off attitude insult them for expecting more music. I didn't pay 45 and wait in a horrific pack of sweaty people for almost an hour (not an exaggeration) for shitty beer to hang out and dance with Win Butler. I wouldn't hang out with that dick if you paid me. Well maybe if you paid me. But the point is I'm 37 years old married with a kid. I don't give a shit about hanging out with pretentious rockstars. Shut up and play music that's what I pay you for.
Not to DJ and dance. Here's my final thought. The whole thing seems short sided. They have an opportunity to do a kick ass, blow it out show. Play for a small group for 2 hours and totally kill it. They could have played the whole new album, which I was expecting. Then a second set of old stuff. Then everyone walks out of there going, holy shit that was an amazing once in a life time experience. They could have just played for another 45 mins or half hour and people would have thought it was a legendary show. Instead, they shit on the audience, act like dicks and make it like we are lucky that we get to hang out and party with them. If you are a big Arcade Fire fan after being at the travesty then you have battered wife syndrome.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 10:37 AM

THEY WILL MAKE UP FOR THIS TONIGHT U GUYS

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 10:57 AM

I'm probably what you would call one of the die hards because I got to the venue absurdly early to secure a front row spot. My investment paid off when I found myself right in front of the stage at the gate. Never been that close for any concert in my life.

Like many others later observed... the tight stage with no keyboards or bongos seemed strange and I thought something was off when the instruments were never brought out.

After the faux band came and went many started looking to the left where the bongos could be heard.

The curtain dropped and there they were on the other side of the venue. Complete shock and disbelief. The first 20 mins were a blur. I really had to laugh about the whole situation though. Show was great but ended very awkwardly.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:05 AM

God I'm happy I picked tickets for tonight (had via the code sent...not from a tout). You know they just have to make up for it tonight and if they do, say 90 mins with some more old stuff, how pissed will Friday's peeps be? Oh pissed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:16 AM

1037 hit the nail on the head.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:25 AM

I feel bad for yr kid cuz he's got a daddy that spends his time writing comments about indie rock concerts on bv lol get over yrself 10:37

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:33 AM

I'm still trying to get over my experience with Paul McCartney's Times Square "concert" so don't even get me started on this one.

Posted by pauly d | October 19, 2013 11:40 AM

If you waited all day just to get a good spot, you deserve to get shit on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:42 AM

I agree with the point made that this show could have been a spectacular blow out. Pulling out all the stops, 2 and a half hour set, and leaving the concert goer with an unforgettable experience. Yet it wasn't. However as strange as it was, it will always be a memorable night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:45 AM

Jeez! Its like these pretentious pricks just discovered dance music?!!
WTF? I hate this band even more now!

Posted by spikenyc | October 19, 2013 12:11 PM

Hilarious to read all the hating. "Oh, I'm entiltled to a 2 1/2 hour set in a small room by possibly the best band on the planet right now, and it was too hot for me, and I had to actually wait a bit to get a drink". Dopes.

This was such a fun night all the way around. Props to AF for creating something different.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:11 PM

Memorable evening, anyone who got duped by the stage should have noticed the soundboard was facing the curtain where they eventually played. Dead giveaway. The sound was very good up front. Also ran into Win Butler walking alone on the street about a half hour after the show. He not only crossed the street to meet us but was very humble, shook our hands and thanked us for coming. Didn't seem like an arrogant dick to me.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:16 PM

10:37 - That does seem short sided.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:28 PM

This was a complete management/P.R. failure by Arcade Fire. I've been to many many many concerts in NYC - all kinds you name it. This is the first time a concert left a bad taste in my mouth. I can bet at least 50% of the attendee didn't have a slightest glimpse of the stage. Never before in my life, I regretted going to a concert. And guess what, I'm a big fan of Arcade Fire and last night was my first A.F. show. Shitty stage, Shitty venue, shitty deception trick, worst sound stage, horrible ventilation, horrible management. I want to wipe out the memory of last nights event.

Posted by ScatterBrain | October 19, 2013 12:29 PM

You people are a bunch of fucking whiners, jesus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:45 PM

10:37 nailed it here: "They could have played the whole new album, which I was expecting. Then a second set of old stuff. Then everyone walks out of there going, holy shit that was an amazing once in a life time experience. They could have just played for another 45 mins or half hour and people would have thought it was a legendary show."

I was one of the people ranting above about the show, but it was THIS close to being legendary, even with the near-death experience and so forth.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:46 PM

Some might scoff at the "near-death experience" comment as something someone who ended up in the back would say but in reality someone could have got seriously injured.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 12:54 PM

Again, more whining BS about Win coming out after the show. He did that to let people know they were wasting time crowed against a stage that the amps had already been turned off on, and to go and enjoy the music and dance. This was never advertised as "a full concert of the new album". Win was helping to take the event to the next part, which like the Montreal show, was a dance party. If Mr 37-year-old-with-better-things-to-do-than-dance is bummed, that's his problem for projecting what his idea of a good time is onto what was actually a very fun event.

This is no PR disaster, there's only a handful of Arcade Fire bulletin board types (who really are no different than Springsteen or U2 trainspotters) who couldn't control what their idea of the right kind of event was that are complaining. The majority of folks loved it and likely have better things to do on a Saturday than comment on it here.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:32 PM

Tonight should involve a stabbing to get a beer, dozens hospitalized for dehydration , and lots of watching the show through the fucking moron in front of you with a shitty camera phone. Win should play another trick on the audience: lock everyone in and have a death metal band play for two hours while destroying everyone's iphone

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:33 PM

What a bunch of whiners! Get over yourself - seriously you're complaining about the venue being a little warm and crowded? If you're too old or no fun, stay home.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 1:56 PM

1:32... are you insane? When does a band ever say "This will be a full concert of the new album or even just a concert that lasts more than 60 minutes"? You know why they don't? Because when you spend $45, you expect at least to be respected for your time and money; quite a few people here feel they were not and their concerns sound extremely legitimate:

1) not getting trampled
2) paying $45 for this show instead of the $9 it cost in Montreal, so expectations were higher for a full concert (especially since nowhere did it say this would be a short show with 80% unfamiliar new songs and two old ones)
3) not having the band just suddenly leave the stage without a word -- no lights coming on, no thank you, no nothing... you know, to maybe indicated that literally the entire audience shouldn't just stand waiting for the band to come back for an encore
4) not coming back for an encore

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 2:01 PM

Yeah, and don't forget it wasn't just that they didn't come back for an encore, it's literally that the entire audience assumed it was an intermission and hung around, waiting, completely unaware for 20 minutes that the show actually ended. Not the biggest issue with this show, but just another example of why it ended in major disappointment.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 2:02 PM

2:01 Nobody got trampled. Put that one to bed.

And no band ever says "This will be a full concert"...the point is that this was not advertised as anything other than an event, and anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the band should know that the event would surely be different than a straight-up concert.

and 2:02, if hanging around for a bit not knowing if the show was over makes it a "major disappointment", then you really didn't get the point of the evening.

There's a reason why this wasn't sold as an Arcade Fire concert, but rather something from "The Reflektors". Anyone who went expecting a regular concert experience on any level obviously wasn't paying attention when they bought tix.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 2:28 PM

" I didn't pay 45 and wait in a horrific pack of sweaty people for almost an hour (not an exaggeration) for shitty beer to hang out and dance with Win Butler."

The funny thing is that you did.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 2:29 PM

Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone just tweeted this: "Why it's not a great idea to trick a concert crowd about the location of the stage:http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Who_concert_disaster"

Shame on Arcade Fire/Reflektor to do this shitty trick last night. What a shortsighted thing to do. Win said this was originally going to be a 200 people event but they changed plan and released 3k tickekts instead. What a moronic idea without changing the venue. The stage height was so low that if you are 30 feet behind and less than 5' 7" height you can't see anything. Not to mention the stage trick was a great disservice to the fans who waited in line for hours and not to mention put people at risk.

Posted by ScatterBrain | October 19, 2013 2:55 PM

ehhh or it was pretty funny?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:00 PM

Seems funny to me, and also good info for tonight - imma be front row correct stage sonnnnn

RIDE OR DIE

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:06 PM

I was there, it was very funny, added some excitement, and nobody got hurt.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:13 PM

If folks bought tickets for a show by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, would you seriously be surprised/pissed if John and Paul didn't play more stuff off Let it Be?

Also, is it possible that there was no encore because someone was tired/exhausted? Folks came back on stage to adjust drums / mics, as though they thought the band would return, and the house lights didn't go up . . . . It wouldn't surprise me at all if something unexpected was going on back there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:18 PM

Maybe they didn't play an encore because you wouldn't put away your phones? It's happened before...

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:39 PM

They didn't play an encore because no one realized the show was over. Literally no one. There was no applause after the last song because they walked off without saying anything. Lights didn't come on or anything. It seemed so much like an intermission that everyone just milled about or went to the bar.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:46 PM

there was a bar? i just saw a clusterfuck of people in the back milling around what i imagine was the resale of beers picked up at a bodega down the street.

also, fuckers stopped me from being water in. it was a billion degrees inside. and i don't think they had water for sale indoors.

assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 3:59 PM

No, they had water for sale. It was four fucking dollars! And no, this wasn't at Giants Stadium; this was in some warehouse with basically no overhead. Shameless.

Oh, and then they ran out of water and started charging $4 for a cup of Coke filled mainly with ice.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 4:02 PM

I'm with 3:18 on this one. The ticket says you're seeing The Reflektors. Be thankful that they covered two songs by a Montreal band called Arcade Fire. Though it's ironic that at the last LCD show at MSG during a James Murphy ramble, Win yelled out, "shut up and play the hits" (hence the name of the documentary).

I am willing to bet that they didn't come because of permit issues. That's my best guess. Kinda like that time in London someone LITERALLY pulled the plug on Springsteen and McCartney.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 4:17 PM

"I am willing to bet that they didn't come because of permit issues. That's my best guess. Kinda like that time in London someone LITERALLY pulled the plug on Springsteen and McCartney."

Explain

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 4:20 PM

^ they had to be done by a certain time. The DJ stuff wasn't that loud. Them playing is loud.

Re: McCartney/Springsteen, that happened in London last summer in a park; they were killing it and some bureaucrat douche was like, it's 11:00 (or however late the permit was for) and pulled the plug on them.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 4:54 PM

Did anyone else get in for free, as mentioned in the 10:30 post?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 4:56 PM

@456 Sirius has tickets, but the 1030 incident doesn't seem like it'll happen for a lot of people. If you want real advice, I can give it to you (and you'll probably get in for free) but I don't want to post it on here.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:09 PM

LOL @ all the born-again Beatlemania over this piece of shit band.

WAHHHH this WAHHHH that.

SHADAP!

Posted by D | October 19, 2013 5:10 PM

i love any post claiming they are entitled to a certain type of show. just funny to read. especially here when you had literally no reason to expect anything other than what happened.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:16 PM

How would one obtain this info, 5:09?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:16 PM

Last night's show had moments of unity and beauty and moments of disappointment. Definitely expected the band to play a solid 2 hrs since AF's twitter confirmed 7 pm doors, 8-10:30 show, not dance party, a show!

Not playing the new album in its entirety surprised a lot of us. I agree with October 19 10:37 am, this could had been a legendary show. I was near the soundboard which is normally the venue's sweet spot of and the sound was muffled and couldn't see a thing except cell phones.

The songs they did play were really good and the two AF 'covers' were awesome but they should had played longer, and maybe give the crowd a clue the show was over instead of leaving us standing around like assholes.

I've been to more than my share of shows and never had a band just end a show without some hint it was over. Overall disappointed bc AF is an incredible band with an impressive catalog and the crowd was really pumped to have been there...most people (mainly the ones who didn't get up front) left feeling slighted. So call us whiners...really could care less. That IS how it went down. When you go to see a band like AF (aka the Reflektors) at such an intimate venue, how could you NOT expect more? Oh and the faux stage stunt was a shitty move.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:18 PM

yeah 5:09, help us out, it's getting late.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:18 PM

idk post an email address or something

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:19 PM

I got in for free so really can't complain. But I can tell you that absolutely no one found the stage trick funny. Even if it hadn't been a colossal dick move to the diehards who'd waited there for hours, it wouldn't have been funny.

The sound was sucks, although I was expecting that. Maybe half of the new songs were good, with a couple of SERIOUS clunkers thrown into the mix. Win's brother, whatever his name is, only got excited during Neighborhood #3. In that, he "reflekted" the audience.

ABSOUTE WORST BARTENDERS I HAVE EVER SEEN AT A NYC SHOW. And that includes a lot of ad hoc raves. I absolutely WILL complain about 20-minute waits for drinks when all they had on order was crappy beer. The dumbass bartender I had took literally three minutes to pour a single can of beer in to a plastic cup as she stood there waiting for the head to dissolve. Also, when I got there, I got a drink without any sort of wristband (something which no one checking tickets mentioned I needed). Then after my 20-minute wait for a beer the bartender says I need a wristband. Unbelievable.

The no-encore disaster...I can't even get into it. Win seemed surly and miserable all night. Just a very weird, downer vibe from a band that usually kills it live.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:40 PM

Tonight's show will be epic. No doubt. Don't let all the negative comments keep any one lucky enough to have tickets from going. Words of advice; it's HOT in there so wear something light, and the stage they will actually play on should be in line with the soundboard. Jealous I can't make it tonight. Guarantee AF plays 20 songs! Enjoy, Fireflies!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:44 PM

Jake Fogelnest?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:46 PM

I have tickets and I'm not going. Sounds like too much trouble and it does seem it could just be a repeat of last night.

Selling 2 tix right now at cost on S'hub.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 5:52 PM

FUCK THIS BAND!!!! I hope they turn into Kings of Leon after this album/tour.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 6:17 PM

stop whining like a big gay baby.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 6:45 PM

20 songs? Dream on sucker. They've probably never played 20 songs at one show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 6:48 PM

i don't know, i wasn't there. thats what i've been trying to tell you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 7:26 PM

6:48pm They never played 20 songs at one show? Wack for the prices they're charging.

Suicidal Tendencies played at least 20 songs back in the day and their music is ten times more strenuous to play than Arcade Fire.

Posted by D | October 19, 2013 11:23 PM

Lol^^^^ Oh man, D is extra delusional today.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:35 PM

Full moon. I always get like this.

Posted by D | October 19, 2013 11:47 PM

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2013 11:58 PM

Damn! Just got home-- incredible show, great energy from the band, no stage fake out and while it seemed like a similar setlist, they encored with "Haiti." In fact, the band seems to have read the comments here and tweaked the show slightly with some of the negative feedback in mind.

Don't know if this would have been worth a scalped price, but I'm glad I didn't sell my tickets. That was a fucking great show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 12:32 AM

great show, horrible venue

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 12:39 AM

don't know if my expectations were lowered by all the comments here about last night but....wowwwww. dont see how they are not a top 5 live band right now. Fantastic show, so on their game as always. Sounded great from right by the soundboard. dont know what the haters wanted but even for a 75 minute show totally worth the $45 price.
beer line was kind of wretched before the show but otherwise very comfortable. In retrospect, they should have saved "Here Comes the Night Time" from the SNL special cuz that songs gonna kill. Cant wait for the arena show!
fanboy out!!!

Posted by jp | October 20, 2013 1:01 AM

saturday gets an encore and no stage fuckarounds, blame it on the bay city rollaz

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 1:13 AM

Thank me for the encore. Saw Pearl Jam from backstage at the Barclays tonight. Haven't heard a Pearl Jam song in 15 years and it made arcade fire seem like Peter Paul and Mary. 19000 people and it was 50000 times more intimate than Fridays show at 299 shithole.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 1:48 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 3:41 AM

why is BV like Black Sabbath?

because it's better when they drop D

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 4:46 AM

10/19 6:48 you're right. Never played 20 songs that I could find but they did play some 18 song shows over in Europe. Pretty damn close.

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/arcade-fire/2011/stradbally-hall-stradbally-ireland-3bd0c4d4.html

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/arcade-fire/2011/edinburgh-castle-edinburgh-scotland-5bd0cf70.html

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 9:39 AM

I'm glad I kept my Pearl Jam tickets and didn't go to this fiasco.
From the accounts that I'm hearing both here and from friends that were there, I don't think it's unreasonable for a paying customer to expect a venue that isn't 1000 degrees inside, or to expect that if you've been waiting hours to secure a good spot that it actually IS a good spot, or that the band doesn't insult you by comparing you to someone that has BO.
In contrast, the reason why Pearl Jam is still as popular as they are, is because they go great lengths to treat their fan base with respect. The customer is always right.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 10:26 AM

Thom Yorke should take notes from Pearl jam.^^^

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 11:07 AM

Amen 10:26. PJ is one of the greatest bands not just b/c of their incredible music, but b/c they ALWAYS have the fans' needs in their minds.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 11:10 AM

Any complainants should consider this was a CMJ show. Bands never play full concert sets.
Other than the sweating the Sat. show was great.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 11:29 AM

Saturday was legendary, they also played super symmetry from the new album

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 11:46 AM

you guys are ridiculous. you KNEW going in you were buying tickets to a show at a WAREHOUSE IN BUSHWICK. what the fuck did you expect?

the only thing that would have made me upset would be if the sound was shitty, but for a diy venue the sound was very good and the band itself sounded great.

if you wanted the comfortable, super rehearsed experience, wait for the fucking barclays shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 12:12 PM

the saturday show was actually really good. only problems were venue-related (heat, sightlines).

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 12:30 PM

THEY PLAYED A SHOW AT A WAREHOUSE IN BKLYN ASSWIPES.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 12:37 PM

Saturday was awesome - way way better than friday

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 1:25 PM

I kept insisting paper mache Win was Bono on the dance floor, and having one-sided conversations with him as such re: fair trade products and joining Make Poverty.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2013 1:36 PM

1:25 you went to both shows? Why?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 9:13 AM

Because I'm not a cynical dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 9:31 AM

Maybe not Cynical but certianly a dumbass

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 10:19 AM

The Rolling Stone review of Friday's show may be the worst thing ever. Some choice excerpts:

"frontman Win Butler apologized for the whole fake-stage thing. "Do you forgive us?" he said, a little sheepishly. "We just thought it would be funny."

Yes, Win, we forgave you."

"That said, the crowd reached new heights of ecstasy when the band played two old favorites – each one introduced as an Arcade Fire "cover." (Get it, because the band onstage was the Reflektors? Oh, Win, you joker.)"

Ugh

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 10:35 AM

10:19 doesn't approve of liking a band to see them twice. What a travesty.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 10:42 AM

Not a dumbass; unlike you, I like fun.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 10:48 AM

10:42 a band that mixes up a setlist is worth seeing twice on a tour. I like AF but wouldn't be bothered seeing them twice on one tour.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 10:52 AM

10:48 fun is a horrible band...dumbass!

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 11:20 AM

I have a far greater appreciation for Arcade Fire after reading about the fake stage stunt. Awesome!

I always laugh at those pathetic fanboys that should up hours early just to get up front. I'm glad they got screwed in such a funny way.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 2:14 PM

It was pretty clear to me this was a DIY-style show. So yes, overcrowded, hot, low stage w/terrible sight-lines, shitty sound, bad "bartenders" are all part of what goes with that. If you weren't expecting that, you apparently have never been to a DIY show in Brooklyn (or anywhere?).

That said, as a big name band you can do that style of show for um "authenticity" (vomit) but you maybe should charge DIY prices. Like they did in Montreal. I think a $45 ticket raised expectations and brought in a crowd with entitlement issues.

And before you get dickish on me - yes, I spend $45+ on concert tickets - but when I do it's at legit venues with air circulation and good sound and fast multiple bartenders and professional lighting. And when I go to 285 Kent I pay $10 and I know what I'm in for.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 2:33 PM

I think Arcade Fire and Wes Anderson are headed down the same path...

Posted by making money online | December 22, 2013 5:24 AM

Guys just listen to this album a few more times; nobody's favourite is Reflektor at first (it's not as easy a listen as Funeral) but there's more of a development through the album and though certain songs individually aren't quite their best when compared to some of the best of Funeral (Haiti for example) however the album as a collective is a fucking masterpiece and a genuinely amazing experience! In my honest opinion, as an album and a collective Reflektor is one of the greatest ever.

Posted by Cenacler | October 23, 2014 6:52 AM

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