Entries tagged with: Barclays Center
photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd will be in the NYC-area this, uh, weekend, for the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Jones Beach (tickets), and he'll be back here on a just-announced fall tour that includes three massive shows in the area.
Abel Tesfaye will play Newark's Prudential Center on November 11, NYC's Madison Square Garden on November 16, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 18. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale August 28 with a presale starting August 26 at 10 AM (password: MADNESS). All dates are listed below.
The Weeknd's second official album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is due out August 28 via XO/Republic. It features the massive hit "Can't Feel My Face" (co-written and co-produced by Max Martin and others) and more. Video for that song, with the list of dates, below...
Janet Jackson has a new album on the way -- her first in seven years -- which she'll release though her own just-launched Rhythm Nation Records. Details on the album are still TBA but first single "No Sleeep" is out now and was written with her longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. You can stream it below.
Jackson will launch her "Unbreakable" tour in August and she's just added two NYC-area shows for early 2016: Newark's Prudential Center on February 17 and Barclays Center on February 22. Tickets for both those shows go on sale July 20 at 10 AM. There are a bunch of presales: AmEx and Janet Jackson album preorder presales on Tuesday (7/14) at 10 AM, and then Live Nation and internet presales on Friday (7/17) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with the "No Sleeep" stream, below...
Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.
Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.
Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.
The Who @ Barclays Center - 5/26/15 (photo via Nikki Cummiskey)
The Who have so many classic songs, that even if you think you are sick of them, they sound amazing when an arena full of people are singing them in unison. Some examples of the massive hits played were "Who Are You," "The Kids Are Alright," "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "You Better You Bet," "Baba O'Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "Eminence Front."The Who continued their 50th anniversary tour at Barclays Center last night (5/26), their first NYC stop on the tour and second in the area (they played Long Island's Nassau Coliseum last week). Like the other shows on the tour, it was filled with hits, and you can check out the full setlist and watch videos of them playing "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "The Kids Are Alright" and "I Can't Explain" below. Their tourmate Joan Jett opened, and her setlist is below too.
The Who didn't just play the same old boring setlist (which from my research looks like it varies a little bit for each show). They packed the set with hits, but they also played some lesser known tracks such as the mini-opera "A Quick One (While He's Away)," "Slip Kid," "Bargain," "Sparks," "Join Together," and "I'm One." [According2G]
The Who and Joan Jett's tour has one more NYC show this week: Saturday (5/30) at Forest Hills Stadium (tickets). It returns to the area in the fall for shows at Prudential Center on 10/25 and MSG on 10/27 (tickets).
Check out our pictures from the Austin stop here. Videos and setlists from Barclays Center below...
Nassau Coliseum, don't go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. I took the good times. I'll take the bad times. I'll take you just the way you are!
Oh, fuck it. Say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. Say goodbye my baby.
A press release released today reads:
Tickets for Billy Joel in the final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have sold out in less than five minutes, generating one of the quickest selling concerts ever at the Coliseum. Tickets went on sale this morning at 10 a.m.The Who, New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain will also play Nassau Coliseum this summer before it closes.
The world-renowned Long Island artist will play on Tuesday, August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016.
"Billy Joel closing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's only fitting that this show is one of the quickest sellouts ever at the Coliseum," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, who will oversee Nassau Events Center's reimagined venue. "We are honored to have Long Island's favorite son play the final show before we begin to create a spectacular venue that the community deserves."
Joel, who was raised in Hicksville and remains a Long Island resident, has played 31 shows at Nassau Coliseum. His last solo appearance was in 1998 when he sold out nine shows, setting the building record for the most sellouts in one year. A banner with his name hangs in the rafters in his honor.
The show is presented by Bruce Ratner and Nassau Events Center (NEC), the same management team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The centerpiece of a major lifestyle and retail development, the reimagined Coliseum will be developed, operated, and programmed by NEC.
Billy Joel also continues to play every month at the Garden.
Gene Ween pays tribute to Billy Joel at much smaller shows later this month.
Ad Rock, Money Mark & Somerville High School Color Guard
David Byrne's high-concept Contemporary Colors shows, which pair pop musicians with high school marching band color guard troupes, are coming up, happening June 22 & 23 in Toronto (tickets) and June 27 & 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (tickets).
More details have been announced since we posted, including the composer and team pairings which are as follows:
David Byrne and Les EclipsesFor a better idea of what to expect, you can check out a couple Contemporary Colors videos below. The first, directed by Bill and Turner Ross and edited by Steven Lippman, follows Ad Rock and Money Mark to Somerville High School in NJ for their first meeting. It makes its premiere in this post. The other is more of an overview of the event and a look at what color guard is, featuring Byrne and some of the students. Watch those below.
Nelly Furtado and Ventures
How To Dress Well and Mechanicsburg High School
Devonté Hynes and Black Watch
Kelis and Brigadiers
Lucius and Shenendehowa High School
Money Mark + Ad-Rock and Somerville High School
Nico Muhly + Ira Glass and Alter Ego
St. Vincent and Field of View
tUnE-yArDs and Emanon
photos by James Richards IV
Neil Diamond @ United Center -- 4/14/2015
"I grew up in this fair borough," the star said, before playing the song. "It was a great place to grow up."Brooklyn's Neil Diamond played his 2nd Brooklyn show ever, and 2nd in less than a year at Barclays Center on March 26. It was announced along with the rest of his current tour dates on the night of his first Brooklyn show which was a much shorter show at one of his old schools in September.
As home movies of his youth unspooled on screens behind, Diamond navigated what rates as one of the few, relatively subtle numbers of his career.
"Brooklyn Roads" relies on small lyrical details, a tender melody and a hushed vocal - qualities that stand in stark contrast to much of the rest of Thursday's set. Backed by a ten piece band, and two added singers, Diamond barreled through pieces that nearly always go for grandeur. They're full of horns (four here) and strings (provided by synthesized programming live) mirroring vocals that veer between the righteous and the sentimental. The result often ended up both gripping and cheesy at once. As with ABBA, it's impossible to separate what's overblown, and what's brilliant, about Diamond's songs. They're pretentious and irresistible in nearly equal measure. [Daily News]
More pictures from Chicago, along with the setlist from Brooklyn, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nicki Minaj put out her best album yet with her late-2014 release The Pinkprint, and now she's announced a tour in support of it with stacked support from Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Dej Loaf.
The tour hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center, and is also nearby for shows on July 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 6 at Susquenna Bank Center. Tickets should be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
Between this and the J. Cole / Big Sean / YG / Jeremih tour, Barclays Center has some huge rap shows this year.
Last year, R&B singer Tinashe put out her excellent debut album, Aquarius, and today she dropped its followup in the form a 7-track mixtape, Amethyst. It features production from Ryan Hemsworth, DJ Dahi, Iamsu (who also raps on a song), and more. Download or stream it below, via Hot New Hip Hop.
Tinashe, who's also on the recent Ty Dolla $ign single with Charli XCX and producer Cashmere Cat, was set to open the upcoming Iggy Azalea tour which was supposed to hit NYC on May 7 at Barclays Center. That show's now scheduled for October 11 at Barclays Center and it's not clear if Tinashe is still on it.
Madonna's new album Rebel Heart is out this week, and she's now announced an international tour in support of it. The tour begins in Miami this August and is set to wrap up in Glasgow in late December.
She'll hit NYC for two arena shows -- September 16 at Madison Square Garden and September 19 at Barclays Center -- and will also be nearby for an Atlantic City show on October 3 at Boardwalk Hall. Presales for all dates begin at her website on Tuesday (3/3) at 10 AM local time, which you'll need an Icon Live Pass for (unless you're a Lifetime Legacy Member). Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Monday, March 9 at 10 AM with a Citi cardmember presale starting Wednesday (3/4) at 10 AM.
Rebel Heart features a handful of modern collaborators, including Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Blood Diamonds, Sophie, Ariel Rechtshaid and more. Stream the song with Chance the Rapper, alongside the full list of tour dates, below...
Thursday night I went to see Judas Priest at the Barclays Center, the place usually reserved for concerts by the rapper Jay-Z in Brooklyn, and that shit was fucking awesome, especially if you like Judas Priest, which duh. Here's what happened. First, my friend Dave, who knows I am basically the biggest Judas Fucking Priest fan of all-time and I should probably be in the fucking band and you can ask anyone, gave me some extra tickets he had to the show and I was like "Thanks, Dave, you're the best!" until my friend Rob, who has a job, called to tell me that he had FOUR FUCKING TICKETS to sit in the sweetass VIP LUXURY BOX the place where he works owns so I told Dave to go fuck himself and threw the tickets he gave me in the trash. Anyway, fast forward like 45 minutes and I'm walking into the Barclays Center and you could tell all the people who worked there were just like "Why isn't this dude going in the band entrance or something?" because of my strong rock look. I had a leather jacket on and everything. But then I just flashed my VIP LUXURY BOX TICKET and they ushered me through some special doors where everything smelled much better. Then I got on some elevator with my friends and some other fucks and I said "I hope Solange doesn't beat the crap out of me!", which was a humorous reference to the time the R&B star Beyonce's sister smacked the shit out of the rapper Jay-Z in an elevator that everyone on the elevator seemed to get a real kick out of. Sometimes it's hard to know how to act on an elevator but I like to think I helped everyone relax.
A couple minutes later, we were totally in the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX, which was awesome. Normally at concerts I like to be down on the floor in the front row because the band seems super pumped about it and the makeout potential (with super hot chicks) is much better but I am definitely down for mixing it up with some VIP action every once in a while too. The cool thing about the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX is that everything in there is totally free. You can grab like six beers from the fucking fridge and no one is gonna say shit about it. And when you get done with those you can grab six more. Fuck it. Also, there was a nice chicken dish with those fingerling potatoes that look like dicks, and also hot dogs, which- yeah, I know- also look like dicks but calm down. There was also a vegetable plate so vegetarians can have some shit to eat too if they think they're gonna pass out or something.
Anyway, I got myself a fucking hot dog (normally I don't like relish but the kind they had was actually pretty good), cracked open a cold one and went to sit down at front of the VIP LUXURY BOX with my friend Marc, who came from work. As soon as I did, like 80 hot chicks down below whipped there heads around to look at me like they wanted to bone but I didn't have time for that shit because I was there for Priest, not to give some hot chick the best night of her life. Steel Panther was still on at this point and they were good but a part of me was also like get off the fucking stage right now or I will come down there and kick all four of you guys in the taint cuz I want to see Judas Priest right fucking now and I pretty much speak for everybody here on this one, thanks.
After Steel Panther ffinished, I went to take a monster piss in the VIP FUCKING BATHROOM down the hall, which has way better urinals than the bullshitty ones regular people at the Barclays Center have to use. While I was in there, the guy taking a leak next to me was all like "The Rangers are winning" and I was like "Calm down- this doesn't mean we're dating." Then I got the fuck out of there.
When I got back to my seat in the VIP LUXURY BOX, there was a giant banner in front of the stage that said Judas Priest on it and I was super pumped.
Judas Priest about to hit the stage and @mrdavehill is ready. #judaspriest #barclayscenter
Then like two minutes later, the banner falls down and all of a sudden everyone in Judas Fucking Priest but Rob Halford is standing there like they were gonna kick everyone's asses and it was awesome. They start jamming fucking "Dragonaut" (not the Sleep song, duh) from their new album which is awesome but still seems fucking nuts when you know how to play "Heading Out to the Highway" or something instead. Then a couple seconds after that, Rob Fucking Halford walks on stage covered in leather and I almost pissed my tight rock jeans even though I had just gotten back from taking a massive leak. Anyway, Rob is singing, it's the fucking best and we are both basically owning the entire Barclays Center. Some people say Rob has trouble hitting the notes like he used to but it didn't matter because I had that shit covered. You could tell everyone sitting near me was like "Holy shit."
After the first song, Judas Fucking Priest launched into "Metal Gods", an awesome song about me and the guys in Judas Priest. It should be noted at this point that K.K. Downing, one of the original guitarists in the band, quit a few years ago and they have this new guy Richie Faulkner who is totally sweet at guitar but compared to me it's just like "You're kidding, right?" The thing is though I don't even know if I'd have time to be in Judas Priest right now because I have other shit going on. Sometimes life is all about timing and I hope Rob Halford and the rest of the band understand that. Anyway, Glen Tipton is still in the band and is awesome at guitar and has cool hair. Even so, a lot of the time he just stands there like he's making a salad or something and sometimes I'm just like "Get your shit together- you're in Judas Fucking Priest!" The cool thing, though, is that the bass player, Ian Hill (No relation. That I know of! Hahahahaha. Mom?! I am kidding. Haha), looks like he was cryogenically frozen in 1982 and then thawed out right before the show and he fucking breaks out the rock moves the entire show like he's not even really trying. If Glen Tipton would turn around even once during the show he'd be like "Ian Hill (no relation) is fucking owning me right now!" but whatever.
Anyway, the show took a dark turn when they played their ballad "Beyond the Realms of Death", which made me have to sit down a second and think about my own mortality and also how this chick's ass was in my way for a second. But I got over that fast because then Rob Halford came out on a fucking Harley for "Hell Bent for Leather" and it was the greatest thing ever to happen in North America. He also wore like nine different leather jackets during the show, which ruled. Most singers are lucky if they can wear like three jackets tops.
After "Hell Bent for Leather", the whole band went back stage to check out some tits and high-five I bet before coming back out for the encore, which included my personal anthem "Living After Midnight" and then another one. Personally, I think it's fucking insane that Judas Priest didn't play "Heading Out to the Highway", "Hot Rockin'", or "United" and I hope someone has a long fucking talk with them about it and then they can have a good long think about it on the bus, but Judas Priest is still so good at being Judas Priest it's not like I can stay mad at them. I bet if Jay-Z tried to ride a motorcycle on stage he couldn't even handle that shit for like two seconds. Also, he sucks at rapping. The drummer for Judas Priest is Scott Travis. I would like to be in their band.
Judas Priest continue on tour and play Izod Center in NJ on 10/17 before continuing towards Texas to co-headline Fun Fun Fun Fest. More pictures and the setlist from Brooklyn, below...
The Who will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015...by going on tour. "The Who Hits 50!" tour will include a few NYC-area shows: May 20 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Stadium, and then on the fall leg of the tour, NJ's Prudential Center on October 25 and Madison Square Garden on October 27. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale October 17, 2014 at 10 AM with a fan club presale starting Saturday (10/11) at 10 AM and a Citi cardmember presale starting Monday (10/13) at 10 AM.
For the Forest Hills show, The Who will return "nearly 44 years after their first performance at the venue - they will open the stadium's 2015 concert season."
All tour dates are listed below...
Barclays Center, night of The Weeknd (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Brooklyn's former and current teams are close to teaming up.Neil Diamond just announced a Barclays Center show. Tickets go on sale on 10/13.
Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment, which owns the LA Dodgers, is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about a "combination of assets."
The proposed deal would include both the Nets and the 2-year-old Barclays Center, according to a report.
Guggenheim, which bought the Dodgers in March 2012 for $2.15 billion, the highest price ever paid for a Major League Baseball team, is valuing the Nets at $1.7 billion and the arena at $1.1 billion, NBA league sources told The Post.
That's a pricey sum for the Nets -- about 20 percent more than the team would fetch if they were sold on the open market, one sports banker said.
Guggenheim is offering the premium to pre-empt any auction for the whole team and arena, the banker said.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire, is expected to remain in control of the Nets, according to Nets Daily, the website, which first reported the talks.
Bruce Ratner, who controls Barclays Center, would retain that same control after the deal, if it is completed, according to the report.
photos by David Andrako
Neil Diamond @ Erasmus Hall High School 9/29/2014
Dennis and Jackie Beck, 66 and 64, traveled from western Pennsylvania. Ms. Beck said she had seen Mr. Diamond 10 times.There was no AC in the chapel at Flatbush, Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and it was sticky hot as the crowd loudly sang along to Neil Diamond hit after Neil Diamond hit...from the Best Of CD they were playing before the man himself took the stage. Folks had been lined up outside since 3 PM for this somewhat secret free show and there were definitely a lot of neighborhood folks -- including many who had attended Erasmus back in the day -- and die-hard fans. When Neil did come out about 6:30 PM, after an introduction by radio DJ Scott Shannon, it was the expected thunderous applause (crowd member Geraldo Rivera also received a bit of that applause as he was taking his front row seat, just for being there and for being Geraldo). Instead of immediately launching into a song, Neil shared a few anecdotes about Erasmus which he attended from 1954-56, and this show was supposedly his first Brooklyn concert ever. He told stories about getting detention, his chorus teacher, and working as a shoeshine boy in a nearby subway station. "It's a good gig," said Diamond. "It doesn't go anywhere, but it's a good gig for a kid."
"It's not that many," she said. She sported a "Diamond Girl" shirt and said she was convinced that this concert at his old stamping grounds would be special.
"He's an emotional guy," she said.
A largely middle-age crowd of about 800 filled the wooden seats in the hot auditorium. Pictures of Barbra Streisand (class of '59) lined the walls.
After that Neil knocked out a short set of hits, starting with "I'm a Believer," "Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman," and, of course "Brooklyn Roads." Then a couple late '70s nuggets -- "Love on the Rocks" and "Forever in Blue Jeans" -- before the requisite new song, "Nothing But a Heartache" (from Melody Road, out next month). He finished up his set with another new one, "Something Blue," and then finished with showstopper "Sweet Caroline" which had the whole crowd singing. Well, almost. "I saw two people not singing," Neil told the crowd before proceeding to run through its chorus two more times. At 73, Diamond's voice is in great shape and he's ever the showman, with a band of pros who know how to punctuate the big moments -- nearly all the songs got the Vegas Ending. As it should be. Too short, but this free show in a very special location was a lot of fun. If you missed it, you can maybe catch the video if and when it's released. There was a very professional video crew capturing every moment. Channel 7 news, who said everyone who waited in line got in, also said the show was being filmed for a documentary. Everyone got a poster as they walked out.
Neil will be back in Brooklyn when his 2015 tour stops at Barclays Center on March 26. Tickets for what should be his 2nd-ever Brooklyn show, go on sale October 13 at 10 AM.
All dates, plus more pictures from the intimate Brooklyn show, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Black Keys @ Barclays Center - 9/23/14
Crazy popular blues rock duo The Black Keys brought their ongoing tour with Cage the Elephant in support of this year's Turn Blue to Barclays Center last night (9/23) for the first of two shows this week at the huge Brooklyn venue. In addition to supporting the new record, their 21-song set was really pretty well-rounded between their last three including a handful of fan faves like "Lonely Boy," "Next Girl," "Tighten Up," "Gold on the Ceiling" and plenty more. They reached back to their earlier years a few times as well, and included a cover of Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You."
They do it again tonight (9/24) and tickets are still available. More pictures of the first night, and the Black Keys' setlist, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
The Weeknd / Schoolboy Q @ Barclays Center - 9/19/14
"In my city, I'm a young god," The Weeknd boasts briefly in his distinct, smooth as silk voice on "Often." One of the few clean lines from his steamy summer release, it's a bold statement that rings true in his home of Toronto, and evidently in New York as well. At Brooklyn' Barclays Center on Friday, the once rather enigmatic artist proved that he's no longer an underground gem but a mainstream favorite.Sexed up R&B crooner The Weeknd began his tour with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and weed-loving songstress Jhene Aiko at Brooklyn's huge Barclays Center this past Friday (which he sold out at his own pace). He went through the material from his mixtape trilogy, his official debut Kiss Land, and threw a few covers in too as the crowd went unsurprisingly wild for him. We've got a set of pictures from the night.
After delivering a rapturous and at times chill-inducing performance, Abel Tesfaye left the thousands who attended the first show of his "King of the Fall" tour eager for more. However, fans can rest assured that Friday night was just the start of this king's reign.
..."I gotta say, me and my team--we've been coming to Brooklyn every year, and the venues, they just kept getting bigger and bigger. And in three years, we are playing at the Barclays Center," the usually stony-faced singer said near the end of the night, unable to keep from breaking into a smile. Much to the delight of the crowd, The Weeknd encored with Ty Dolla $ign's "Or Nah" and "Often." It was a weed and pheromone-filled concert that felt satisfying and managed to leave fans longing for more (in perhaps more ways than one). [Swagger New York]
Check out more below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center - 8/24/14
Arcade Fire completed the three-night Barclays Center run of their current tour last night (8/24). Like the first two, Dan Deacon and the reunited Unicorns opened, but this one was extra special because it also included an opening set from New York's legendary Television.
The Unicorns kicked things off early at 7:15 PM, and unfortunately the soon-to-be-filled venue was mostly empty for them, but this rare set (one of six dates they're playing this year) was a treat for those in attendance. They mostly stuck to material from their classic Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, and despite Nick Diamonds and Alden Penner's more "serious" recent projects, they retained all the quirk from their Unicorns days for this show. Alden and Nick both ran around on stage, cracked jokes ("Some people have told us now that they've finally seen us they can die happy ... that is very accurate"), and seemed to be having a genuinely good time on stage playing those old songs. We certainly had a good time hearing them.
Television followed with an excellent set that included half of the classic Marquee Moon ("See No Evil," "Prove It," "Torn Curtain" and it's sprawling title track), but was more of a jammy psychedelic trip than a rehashing of old favorites. The band, whose lineup is 3/4 of the one that recorded Marquee Moon (Jimmy Rip in place of Richard Lloyd), are now almost 40 years past the release of that album and they don't perform all that frequently, but they were dead on last night. The interlocking guitar solos went on endlessly without dragging, and the rhythm section was locked in for all those jams. As improvisational as some of it sounded, parts like the ending of the instrumental break on "Marquee Moon" were exactly like the album. It was as powerful blasting from the stage at Barclays Center as it was the first time you heard it on record.
Immediately after Television's set, Dan Deacon got started on the small stage on the opposite end of the floor, hosting a huge dance competition on Barclays Center's ground floor which ended with the whole floor dancing. A second dance competition was then framed as a battle between Brooklyn DIY venue Death by Audio and NYC print-only show listings publication Showpaper. This was the second recent show we've attended that a now-big act playing to a lot of people in NYC gave props to Death by Audio from the stage (the last was Future Islands). Also spotted dancing in the crowd to Dan Deacon was fellow bald, bearded indie music maker Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav (Dan thanked him at the end). Dan's set was both a fun/funny activity for the crowd and an entertaining precursor to what was to follow.
Arcade Fire then took the stage at 9:30 for a 2-hour set (encore included) which was all thrills. At least in the world of music blogs and music twitter, Arcade Fire have gotten more than a little criticism for the last year or so of their career, which has included an elongated album rollout, lots of costumes, cover songs, and other gimmicks. But last night's show was such a truly good time, you'd have to be bitterly cynical to have been there and felt otherwise. Yes, it is a huge spectacle built for the huge venues they now typically play (this was their third arena show of the weekend in Brooklyn, and all three were full), but they do it without falling into bombast.
One of Arcade Fire's first NYC shows was ten years ago at the tiny Mercury Lounge (October 2004 to be exact). Core members Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Sarah Neufeld were all on stage that night, and impressively they're all still there ten years later. This time around they're joined by multiple other musicians (including sax genius Colin Stetson who you can catch in a more intimate environment at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (8/25)), a few people in paper mache bobblehead masks, dancers, confetti, and an elaborate light show, but they make it all unmistakably their own. The Arcade Fire of 2004 may not have written the dance-heavy "Reflektor" or "Sprawl II," but when the Arcade Fire of 2014 plays them right next to "Rebellion (Lies)" and "No Cars Go," nothing sounds out of place. The setlist was heaviest on Reflektor and lightest on Neon Bible, but it mostly felt like a very well curated collection of the many sounds Arcade Fire have made over the years, each song flowing perfectly into the next.
You know by now that Arcade Fire have been doing location-specific covers on this whole tour, and with NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them for a cover of "Hot Hot Hot" on Friday, followed by Marky Ramone joining for two Ramones songs on Saturday, and Television opening last night's show (not to mention Deborah Harry joining them at Coachella), it seemed like a pretty good bet that they'd keep the CBGB theme going for this final show. And they did. But Television, though their opening set fit the theme, did not end up being the guest. Win Butler, like Dan Deacon before him, did point out how amazing it was to play with Television though. In fact, Win said last night's show was the best lineup of bands they ever played with at one show.
Arcade Fire & David Byrne
The CBGB-themed cover ended up being Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream," after a fake-out of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" playing through the PA as The Reflektors mimed the song from the smaller stage at the back of the floor. Nobody from Suicide joined them for this one, but they brought out Talking Head David Byrne (who was also on stage with Arcade Fire almost ten years ago) to sing guest vocals, complete with white face makeup on. It seemed like a good bet that David would be joining them when we heard he was spotted in the building, and we're pretty sure he was even out dancing in a mask to Dan Deacon. (There was a rumor they'd be covering Bruce Springsteen after someone got a hold of the setlist early, uploaded it to setlist.fm, and must have mistakenly not realized Bruce's recording of that song is in fact a Suicide cover.)
"Dream Baby Dream" segued into "Here Comes the Night Time," followed by "Normal Person" (which included Win singing "New York I love you, but you're bringing me down" over the intro, further teasing those of us who were hoping for a James Murphy cameo), and then the show ended with the longest-ever version of "Wake Up." Even after the song's huge ending and the crowd's applause, Win started singing the "whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh" part again as he and the band walked off stage, then the horn players joined back in, and the whole band proceeded to leave the stage in marching band fashion (the same way they had entered the venue 2 hours earlier) playing the song even once the PA was turned off until they fully exited the room.
Pictures of the third and final night are in this post (though unfortunately none of the openers this time). Saturday pictures HERE. Friday pictures HERE. More from Sunday, with a video of the Suicide cover and AF's setlist, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon's dance circle / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center - 8/23/14
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.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.
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."
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...
Saturday night --- 8/23/2014 --- Arcade Fire Setlist
Keeping the CBGB-special-guests-and-covers theme going in NYC, Arcade Fire brought out Marky Ramone to play drums on two Ramones covers during the encore tonight (Saturday) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The covers were "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement" and "I Wanna Be Sedated". Right before that there was a tribute to the Talking Heads which included "Psycho Killer" playing while a "Stop Making Sense" David Byrne video-head character came out on stage in a suit with a boombox by his side (they've also played with the real David Byrne before). You can see the full night's setlist above.
Marky Ramone started drumming for the Ramones after original member Tommy Ramone left the band in 1978. Tommy, the last living original member of the band, died earlier this summer.
Friday night's Brooklyn Arcade Fire show featured special guest David Johansen of the NY Dolls (as Buster Poindexter). Sunday's show has Television opening, and Arcade Fire promised more Sunday surprises from the stage tonight. Tickets are still on sale.
Check out our pictures from the Friday Brooklyn show. Stay tuned for our pictures from Saturday.
A photo of Win and Marky from the show's soundcheck, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center 8/22/2014
Arcade Fire kicked off their three-night stand at Brooklyn's sprawling Barclays Center last night (8/22). As mentioned, after the bobblehead version of the band appeared on a second platform to mime New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis," Arcade Fire brought out David Johansen in Buster Poindexter mode to perform his 1987 hit "Hot Hot Hot," complete with a conga line of more bobbleheads and carnival-goers that all ended up on the stage and stayed up there for the equally joyous "Here Comes the Night Time." The band's two-hour set hit on all four albums and in addition to "Hot Hot Hot" they worked in a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" with "Keep the Car Running." Pictures, video and setlist are in this post.
Dan Deacon kept the crowd entertained and engaged during his opening set, including one of his signature dance circle / danceoffs. The Unicorns, who reunited to open this tour, started off the evening by playing almost the entirety of 2003's Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, which was just reissued. After the show, Win Butler invited everyone to stick around Barclays for a post-show dance party DJ'd by Pulp's Steve Mackey.
Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon and The Unicorns do it again at Barclays Center tonight (8/23) and on Sunday (8/24) NYC rock legends Television are added to the bill as well. Tickets to both are still available. More pics from Night 1, including people in costume, are below...
"Buster Poindexter on stage with @arcadefire marks the official end of the hipster era. Irony overload. #Barclays #brooklyn #Brilliant" - alex rappaport
I may be biased, but NY seems like the place to bring out your big special guests. I've been lucky enough to witness David Bowie and Talking Head David Byrne join Arcade Fire on NY stages in the past, and I had a feeling that after recently performing with Deborah Harry of Blondie and inviting Television to play with them on Sunday, that we were going to see some more CBGB legends involved as special guests at Barclays Center, at least in the form of the covers they perform each night on this tour.
Sure enough, Arcade Fire can now check another classic punk off their list. On their first of three nights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn -- unlike at most other tour stops, Arcade Fire brought out a special guest, and it was NY Dolls frontman David Johansen. There's a slight twist though; Johansen was playing as his '80s & '90s alter ego Buster Poindexter. They performed Poindexter hit "Hot Hot Hot" together during the encore. Check out a few videos and the whole setlist, below.
UPDATE: Marky Ramone was the guest on Friday.
Video clips and Friday setlist below..
The Unicorns are reissuing their seminal 2003 album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, next week (8/26) and they've just shared one of its previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Let Me Sleep." Check it out below.
The band's few reunion dates include three Barclays Center shows with Arcade Fire and Dan Deacon (one of which is also with Television) in NYC this weekend. You can win tickets to the one with Television. Details below...
The Weeknd announced a four-date tour with support from Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko that begins in NYC this September. The R&B singer's last time headlining NYC was a 2-night stand at Radio City but he's now making the jump up to an arena for a show on September 19 at Barclays Center. Even with strong support like Schoolboy Q, that's a big jump! Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, with a stream of The Weeknd's brand new single "Often," below.
Schoolboy Q was just in NYC last night (6/25) to play Central Park Summerstage. He brought out tons of guests, including his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul, who played material off his new album These Days..., members of A$AP Mob (including Rocky), Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. Did you go to the show? How was it?
The Weeknd's list of dates and new song, below...
Alden Penner & Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns in 2014 (via Unicorns Twitter)
photo by Laura Crapo
The Unicorns have been talking about a reunion but still nothing solidified as the bands' members continued to tour with their other projects. Now the reunion is official, as it was just announced they will open select dates on Arcade Fire's tour!! Those dates include all three shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (Aug. 22, 23 & 24) and two at Inglewood, CA's The Forum. Dan Deacon opens all those shows and other Arcade Fire dates as well. Tickets for the Barclays Center shows are still available. All dates are listed below.
In January 2004 we caught the very-hyped Unicorns at a super packed Southpaw on 5th Ave in Park Slope. Fellow Canadians Arcade Fire weren't even on anyone's radar yet, but would soon take the indie rock world by storm. In November of that year, Arcade Fire and the Unicorns headlined Bowery Ballroom two days apart, but the Unicorns soon went the way of the unicorn. Eventually Southpaw went away too. Arcade Fire kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and then appeared a giant basketball arena called the Barclays Center just a few blocks away from where Southpaw once stood, co-owned by Jay-Z. Arcade Fire, who love basketball and attend secret Illuminati events with Jay-Z and the president, announced a few shows there. Then suddenly, like the Illuminati, Unicorns became real again.
Post-Unicorns project Islands are touring after that as well.
Morrissey in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
"It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates. "