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Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon's dance circle / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center - 8/23/14
Arcade Fire
Dan Deacon
The Unicorns

The three-night run at Barclays Center of Arcade Fire's current tour, continued last night (8/23), with Marky Ramone joining the band for two Ramones covers, following NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them on night 1. Diffuser.fm writes:

Arcade Fire tried to trick the audience into thinking they'd be covering Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer' (which would have been awesome). It didn't take long for the real band to walk on-stage, invite Ramone to sit behind the kit and rip into an encore no concertgoer will forget.

We think it's safe to say Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler won't soon forget it either. Near the finale of the show, he told the crowd, "Thanks to Marky Ramone. That was a dream come true."

You already got a chance to browse the setlist from last night, and now you can check out a video of the Ramones covers and pictures of the whole show in this post.

Like the previous night, the show began with a special set from the reunited Unicorns, and then Dan Deacon did his thing, dance circles and all. The 3-night run wraps up tonight (8/24), and in addition to those two openers will include a set from CBGB vets Television. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Starts at 7:30.

More night 2 pictures and the Ramones covers video, below...

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Setlist

Arcade Fire w/ Marky Ramone

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Comments (111)

Good show. Excellent use of the B stage - Dan Deacon set, dancers, etc. The place seemed close to sold out and the audience was into it.

Posted by rubyeveryday | August 24, 2014 11:38 AM

David Bryne will sit in tonight.

Posted by spikenyc | August 24, 2014 11:48 AM

The special guest tonight will be caucasian. Confirmed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 11:50 AM

Get bent

Posted by blayne | August 24, 2014 11:52 AM

a hologram of Lou Reed for the ultimate NYC moment?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 12:26 PM

Dan Deacon was a total waste of time. How are they gonna fit 3 openers in and end at a reasonable time tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 12:31 PM

Serious question...were there non-pro scalpers outside trying to unload tickets at reasonable or under face value prices? I'm seriously considering taking my chances and trying to grab a lucky ticket on the spot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 1:17 PM

What time does Television go on? Are they first, second or third on the bill?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 1:17 PM

@1:17, many many non pro's trying to unload. Don't fall for the trolls saying it was very packed and almost sold out inside. Not true at all. You can get cheapies outside easy

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 1:28 PM

This shit makes recent Flaming Lips look like old Flaming Lips.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 1:34 PM

what time did arcade fire go on stage?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 1:37 PM

Arcade Fire played from 9-11.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 1:40 PM

1231 What exactly is "a reasonable time"?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:00 PM

I assume now arcade for will play 10-1145 tonight?! Thoughts?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:09 PM

For night 2 a lot of people came well into the arcade fire set , a signal that scalpers were unloading at last minute. Butler said at the end that he paid extra for a 1 hour djj set after he ended. Why didnt he just play longer

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:24 PM

ding dong, hit the bong.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:34 PM

I didn't see any non-pro ticket sales on Friday. Tix tonight are about 25% more than same-time on Friday or yesterday. This will be a tough seat to get cheap tonight. Best bet: buy around 645pm tonight via stubhub and expect to spend about $35 for upper, $55 for lower, $120 for floor. Ticketmaster has decent full price seats avail still.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:36 PM

224: not true. There were no large amount of last minute sales. It's just savvy concert attendees who aren't stupid enough to sit thru unicorns and deacon.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:43 PM

yes, to be a savvy concert attendee you have to miss the opening acts. that's the savvy way to do it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:47 PM

243, not savy attendees when they walk in a half hour into the arcade fire set.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:52 PM

Heard television is headlining although shorter set than arcade fire. Say what you will about arcade fire but that's a class move.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 3:21 PM

Also, did anyone catch Win taking away a couple of cell phones from people in the front? He gave them back before the second to last song. Jack White...take note...if you find that sort of thing annoying, it's a much better way of dealing with it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 3:37 PM

@2:36 is a straight up lying troll or a clueless one.

Plenty of non pro scalpers on Friday and people got seats everywhere in the venue for less than face.

Will be the same tonight. Who gives a shit what SH is offering now. SH means nothing until an hour or tow before showtime

Check CL, people dumping, fire sale all over the place.

There will be a bunch of non pro's outside tonight selling. Just wait until around 6:30 and you will have your pick at a less than face price.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 3:38 PM

3:21 -- you heard VERY wrong. TV at 8:05, AF at 9:30. It's possible they do something together at the end...possible. As classy a move as that would be and as awesome a band Television is, 98% of the people in that arena would be livid and demand they $ back.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 3:51 PM

Be savvy, stare 'em down, walk the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 3:54 PM

Save your ticket stub as proof of your awful taste.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 3:55 PM

does anyone else think the sound at the Barclays Center is mediocre?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 4:10 PM

i want to smash every one of those giant obnoxiously stupid heads.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 4:20 PM

321 I heard you are an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 4:47 PM

224 "a signal that scalpers were unloading at last minute"? How about people were either late or wanting to miss the weak openers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 4:49 PM

243, everyone knows The Unicorns are the best band there, if you're there for AF then you need to look for music outside the Grammys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 5:00 PM

I usually like the sound at Barclays but last night it was horrendous. My heart is still bleeding. I walked out and I am a big fan and had been looking forward to this show for 9 months!

Posted by Julie | August 24, 2014 5:47 PM

Unicorns tweeted they're on at 7 sharp..

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:00 PM

500 = Hipster idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:10 PM

This is the funnest show I've seen in a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:18 PM

Ha ha! Unicorns were just another boring indie band copy 80s music with very little originality and no real memorable songs. Not sure why they bothered to come back. Arcade Fire on the other hand are worldwide superstars. Slight difference.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:24 PM

500 was living in Suffolk county listening to seether and linkin park when the unicorns were playing the knitting factory

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:29 PM

So many white people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:43 PM

Why do people focus on race so much? Theres a lot of white people at Afropunk Fest just a mile away from Barclays. What's your point 643? Is race all you see? Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:46 PM

Surprised that fire sales haven't hit the Stubhub or Craigslist aftermarket yet. Cheapest tickets still holding firm around $60 with periodic sprinkles of nosebleeds at $30 and up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 6:56 PM

643 Please go away!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:06 PM

Wow unicorns already on at 715!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:21 PM

655 is right. Not many tix left and not cheap. Arcade Fire can rightfully claim they sold out three nights at Barclays. All the haters in their basements screaching about $10 firesales. Ha! It's very satisfying to see so many doubters here proven dead wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:25 PM

The sound at Barclays essentially follows ticket prices. Floor and lower bowl sound good. Mid and upper bowl, the quality gets progressively worse. Unfortunately there are A LOT of upper level seats -- about 50 percent of capacity.

The real sound troubles are in the A level suites. Price does not equal quality. Unless in front of suite, the sound is like an echo chamber cave. B level suites are better.

Protip: if you have bad sound or bad view seats at Barclays, head to Honda club. It's located behind sec 116 and is open to all. It's sro but often an improvement.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:36 PM

7:36 - You sound like you know what you're talking about. One question though...what do you mean by "sro"?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:42 PM

Nevermind...standing room only. I got it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:43 PM

Standing room only

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:43 PM

Television next I guess deacon is after them odd order, no?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 7:55 PM

Psycho Killer was the best part of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 8:03 PM

James Murphy and Nancy Whang with all-access laminated passes spotted backstage. Just sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 8:15 PM

I'm glad I skipped this so I can watch mtv vma show-- lots of thigh-gap, rexic, barely legal, talentless cumrags. Way to go millennials!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 9:08 PM

Setlist leaked - tonight will b brucr!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 9:48 PM

what's brucr!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 9:50 PM

^ugh. Sounds like the 9th circle of hell. But still better than Arcade Fire.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 9:50 PM

I'm excited about

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 10:00 PM

Ocean of noise!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 10:00 PM

Ha I called it springsteen in the other thread!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 10:06 PM

Bastards cut ocean of noise :(

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 10:24 PM

Wrong its byrne

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 11:07 PM

Byrne doing the same Suicide cover that Bruce has done in the past..."Dream Baby Dream"

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 11:24 PM

Why didn't they just have Suicide?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 11:37 PM

I would have committed Suicide if I had to sit through Dan Deacon

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 11:37 PM

Free Owen

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 11:48 PM

What time did Television start? I got there 825.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:08 AM

Great show. What a blast! Best that I've seen them. Dan Deacon on the other hand is horrible. Why would they have him on the bill?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 2:39 AM

7:25, you are an absolute dumb ass. Of course there were plenty of cheap tickets going on Craigslist. You could get cheap ones outside and you could buy tickets at the box office at any point. None of the shows were sold out. Shut up.


"Ha I called it springsteen in the other thread!"


So you are double the moron? Did you also call Bowie as well?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 2:56 AM

256 is ranting in the basement again. Poor kiddo.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:08 AM

Hey dumb ass 2:56 if you looked on the other thread I called the cover not the guest. Said Springsteen for Sunday night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:47 AM

As far as the capacity at the show the uppers were very full however they blocked off the center sections in the uppers. Pretty impressive however for a three night run.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:48 AM

Brooklyn's three night blockbuster celebration of mediocrity is over!

Were you there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 8:00 AM

you would think that in an arena as new as Barclays, it would have better sound

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:03 AM

^yeah sound was awful in uppers. I got a cheap one for the 200's and it was so uneven. I saw Neil Young in the 200 two years ago and the sound was nice.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:13 AM

2:39 Dan Deacon was a musical fluffer. He upped the energy level after the very good but not danceable Television set with moronic dance games set to mediocre electronic um music. It was like a Chuck E Cheese party for downs syndrome twenty-somethings. It worked well which says a lot.

Posted by no fun anymore | August 25, 2014 9:27 AM

7:47: and you were still wrong. Dream Baby Dream is not a Springsteen cover, it's a Suicide cover, so what's your point?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:28 AM

so how long was Television's set?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:30 AM

An hour, but with all the commercials it really worked out to about 42 minutes

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:44 AM

Television played for about 45 minutes. Some of it was jaw-droppingly amazing. Tom Verlaine's guitar solo on Torn Curtain gave me shivers down my spine. Too bad 95% of the people listening were just trying to stake out a good spot for AF. A few were downright obnoxious pricks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 10:00 AM

It was played in the Springsteen style not the suicides style so both would be correct.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 10:00 AM

After reading this Mega-Thread, I have come to one clear determination:

The members of Arcade Fire have tiny dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 10:31 AM

It is a springsteen song.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 10:50 AM

^10:50 (like his favorite band) has a small brain in homage of Arcade Fires small dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 10:51 AM

both would be correct? that's a totally ridiculous statement. It's a Suicide song. Springsteen only covered the song, and his version was not that far enough removed from the original to make it his own. No way to twist it otherwise.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 10:52 AM

yuh huh. Well using Springsteen as an example. When someone covers Blinded by The Light who do they say it is by? Manfred Mann or Springsteen?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:01 AM

The very clear difference is that Manfred Mann had an actual radio hit with the song, after it was released as a single and got massive airplay and their version was better known at the time of it's release than Springsteen's original version. This is not the case with Dream Baby Dream. Bruce performed it as an encore on his solo shows almost thirty years after the Suicide release of the song, the audience didn't know what it was and didn't really care and it was never pushed or promoted as a Springsteen release. Not the same situation at all. Bad example kid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:31 AM

One thing is for certain ...

Arcade Fire > The National

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:36 AM

^Sorry it was a good example 11:31..No way to twist it otherwise.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:37 AM

I guess it's a good example for you only because you want it to be and say it is and want to save face? Facts and history prove otherwise. Blinded by the light was an album track on Bruce Springsteen's first record. It was a huge massive mainstream hit for Manfred Mann only three years later. Dream Baby Dream was an album track by Suicide that hardly anyone knew, was pulled out of obscurity by Bruce to be played live decades later to an audience that largely didn't know what it was and didn't like it. Dream Baby Dream was not a hit for wither Suicide or Springsteen, It was a live cover plain and simple, and has no bearing on Springsteen's career unlike Blinded By The Light which shaped Manfred Mann's 1970's identity. Once again... bad exapmple...with proof. Not a twist.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:52 AM

Generally speaking,
if you feel the need to defend your observation,
it likely has little validity to it.

Generally speaking.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:55 AM

11:52 what proof? More like your opinon

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:06 PM

The proof is in the pudding... Or to out it in terms Brooklyn Vegans can better understand, the proof is in the hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:15 PM

If an artist/songwriter writes and releases a song, it is their work forever, regardless of whether a more popular or well known artist performs or releases a cover version years later. Using that ridiculous logic, many obscure acts would have lost their rights because their works were later recorded or performed by pop stars. This has to be troll bait because nobody could be that dense.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:23 PM

My opinion? You must be pretty young. It's not an opinion. It is a fact. Manfred Mann's 1976 version of Bruce Springsteen's 1973 song Blinded By the Light was a NUMBER ONE hit on the charts. Dream Baby Dream was not even on the charts for anybody. That's not an opinion, that's proof... idiot.

Care to share more ridiculous examples?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:27 PM

12:06 PM must be like 12 years old. No understanding of music history.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:29 PM

Blinded By The Troll

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:51 PM

Bruce to be played live decades later to an audience that largely didn't know what it was and didn't like it.

It was a live cover plain and simple, and has no bearing on Springsteen's career

here are two of your opinions moron. Also no bearing on his career that is why he released it on his last album!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:55 PM

11:52 must be rockin daddy! How was the last Artic Monkeys show?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 12:56 PM

12:55 got a point.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 1:19 PM

ROCKIN
CLAP CLAP
DADDY
CLAP CLAP
ROCKIN
CLAP CLAP
DADDY
CLAP CLAP

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 1:35 PM

yeah because Springsteen's last album is a real make or break deal for his career at this point. Gimmee a break. He used it as a filler song for an album that nobody wants to hear in 2014. His fan base and popularity are entirely based on his past accomplishments not by including Dream Baby Dream on his latest album

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:33 PM

no not my opinion, actual witnessed fact. I was at performances at that solo Springsteen show where he did Dream Baby Dream and people were scratching their heads, bored, and/or leaving the arena in droves to get out of the parking lot faster. Were you there? don't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:35 PM

12:55 has no point. The main issue is that manfred Mann's cover of Blinded By The Light was a number one hit and associated with that band worldwide. Other than Doo Wah Ditty, which was recorded in the 60's, it is the song that is most associated with them. Dream Baby Dream was never a hit, most people have never heard either version and would not associate it with Springsteen.


Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:38 PM

Poll:

When you think of Bruce Springsteen do you think of

a) Rosalita

b) Hungry Heart

c) Dancin In The Dark

d) Dream Baby Dream

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:40 PM

I think of:

e) Scrapple

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:56 PM

D because that song was on his last album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:06 PM

Yes I was there heard him do dream baby dream two times once at the tier theater also include in said show was one if two performances ever of the iceman! Also heard it at izod where he did a banjo version of I'm on fire wise guy

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:08 PM

Tower theater that is

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:09 PM

For an album no one wants to hear high hopes charted well!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:11 PM

I'd say d too because the first three choices are usually performed with the estreet band while dream baby dream was done at the solo shows

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:22 PM

4:38 can't see the Forrest for the trees. The fact that blinded is know by most as a manfed Mann sing proved the dudes point. Doesn't matter if it is a hit or not. Ask 100 people who songs dream baby dream and those who heard of the song 99 will say springsteen as he has been performing it live to larger audience ms then suicide ever did.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:31 PM

I got the blinded analogy easy to understand if you understand music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:51 PM

Looks like clown shit

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:19 AM

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