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most of the words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
They played for over 3.5 hours before the sun set on LCD Soundsystem in a cascade of white balloons dropping from the Madison Square Garden ceiling in NYC Saturday night. I wished they played even longer. Everyone I talked to agreed.
But James Murphy and co. gave everything at Madison Square Garden last night (4/2). And the sold-out arena crowd gave in return. For two months - through the initial on-line ticket debacle, the addition of four T5 shows to make up for it, constant hype, and lots of guessing at what guests might turn up (sadly there was no Daft Punk) - it all made this final act in the drama, The Long Goodbye, even more of an event.
From where I was in the middle of the front GA section nobody stopped dancing, or singing along or smiling the entire night. (Save for, like at all four Terminal 5 shows, the couple of awkward, yet brief and deserved intermissions.) Every turn to scan the Garden saw people full-on, in the groove dancing; not just some barely-registered shuffling back and forth. Honestly, everyone who was there should take a bow because they were fantastic. During the first break, video footage was shown of an interviewer talking to fans outside the venue, Aziz Ansari included.
And no, there was no Daft Punk, but there was Arcade Fire singing joyously along on "North American Scum" (the third set's highlight) and an appearance by Reggie Watts who also played with the band at three of the four Terminal 5 shows. The boys choir featuring members of Mr. Dream was there, as were the two female backup singers, and the horn section that included Kelly Pratt and Colin Stetson. Original LCD guitarist Phil Mossman was back and featured a few times in addition to LCD band members
Nancy Whang, Tyler Pope, Pat Mahoney, Matt Thornley, Gavin Russom, and David Scott Stone. Liquid Liquid opened the show like they did at the first two Terminal 5 shows. Shit Robot, who opened the second two T5 shows, again made an appearance during the show. Shit Robot and Juan Maclean, for one song, were alien vocalists in mysterious cardboard-looking spaceships that were set up in seats behind the stage (pictures and video below).
Pitchfork streamed the whole show for those who couldn't be there - you could see the cameras all over the place, including on the shoulders of cameramen walking through the GA crowd. Filmmaker Lance Bangs was seen dancing in the crowd and working backstage on the video of the show, and yes the clouds made it to the two screens that were hanging on the sides of the stage.
LCD started with "Dance Yrself Clean" and "Drunk Girls" followed. The first set was breathtaking and included "Daft Punk is Playing in My House." After an intermission, the band tackled most of 45:33. Watts came out for "Part 2" and Murphy spent most of the middle set off in the background letting the band tackle the instrumentals.
The first encore featured a cathartic and riveting "Someone Great" as well as "Losing My Edge" and "Home." For me that block was the highlight. During "Losing My Edge," the video screens featured images of some of the influential bands mentioned. When I looked up I saw The Sonics.
Their Harry Nilsson cover of "Jump Into The Fire" was part of the final 3-song encore. Murphy, his voice sounding a bit hoarse, paused between songs to thank everyone who came out and everyone who helped put the show together. "Three songs left," "two songs left," and then after saying "this is our last song", and a bit more banter including an admission to his family who was in the audience that he was wearing his dad's watch (as you can hear in the video below), he led the band into their final (ever) number, "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down." It started slow with Murphy even laughing and pausing 'for dramatic effect' but by the end of the raucous outro the crowd was in a frenzy, only for the band to launch back in and cue the balloon drop. As the crowd was preoccupied with balloons of various size descending upon them, the entire band slipped off stage, almost completely unnoticed, and into history.
VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE SHOW (from the stream), and lots more pictures and the full setlist, below...
As previously mentioned, tonight's final LCD Soundsystem show will be streamed online exclusively on Pitchfork (who at the moment don't seem to have a clear location as to where - their own ad for it just links to their news story about it which doesn't say exactly where the video is.).
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Amazing time at the Garden. Still buzzed. Elvis was an officer and a gentleman. Thank you. Thankyouverymuch." - Julian Casablancas
As sort of hinted and then twitter-revealed right before the show, Elvis Costello (after he got done making a surprise appearance with the Secret Sisters at Irving Plaza), played a surprise opening set between opener Devendra Banhart and headliner the Strokes at Madison Square Garden last night (4/1). He only played three songs (starting with "Pump It Up"), but then he returned later to join the Strokes on stage for "Taken For a Fool" (that's Julian and Elvis together on stage in the picture above).
But this wasn't an Elvis show (he played his own show at Gramercy Theatre later in the night), it was about the Strokes. As Ms. Modern Age writes...
"I'll start with the end -- The very last song, in typical Strokes fashion, was "Take It Or Leave It" -- but this time singer Julian Casablancas took it upon himself to bring the music to the people - well, specifically to the people in the seated section stage left. Climbing up on the stage left speakers, and then grabbing onto the side railing, Julian positioned himself in the midst of the raised seated floor section, where upon everyone started grabbing on to him from behind.Video of that & Elvis, more pictures and the full Strokes setlist, below...
At one point, Julian jumped down to the floor, and the barricade felt as if it were going to tip over -- terrifying me because that's where the handicapped folks were sitting. Luckily, Julian moved back up and further over into the crowd, bringing the rest of the song to the front section of the room, and a bit to stage right at the end, finally finishing on the stage."
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM FINAL SHOWIn related news, Lance Bangs was following Odd Future around SXSW.
We are assembling footage of clouds and sky shot from airplane windows, if you have some please email email@example.com with a youtube or vimeo link for us to watch. If we are interested in your footage we will contact you to coordinate getting Quicktime files from you, and we will need you to sign a release form allowing us to project and reproduce the footage. Footage is to be projected at the final LCD Soundsystem show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday April 2nd 2011 so we need to receive it Thursday and Friday to be able to prepare it.
The Strokes (fan) @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. has opened up about the drug rehab treatment he received while the band recorded their new album 'Angles'. Hammond Jr didn't name the specific type of drug he was being treated for, but called his ordeal "hardcore"..."I wasn't on any chemicals," he said. "It was hard - you have two good years of post-acute withdrawal. I was nervous and couldn't remember things. It's like having a stroke, no pun intended. You always do the crazy rock star thing, of course, but I'd rather be left with music from someone I admire than their funny stories of all the fucked-up shit they did." [NME]Angles is out now. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart ("sold over 88,000 copies in its first week") (same chart the Decemberists got #1 on).
Devendra Banhart & The Grogs were added at some point as an opener for the sold out Strokes show at Madison Square Garden happening this Friday night, April 1st (one night before LCD Soundsystem play the same venue).
Devendra is also featured in a new documentary called The Family Jams which documents his 2004 US tour with Joanna Newsom (who James Blake said he would not want to produce for) and Vetiver (In 2005 Devendra was quoted as saying that he preferred the term "The Family" to "freak folk"). The film will be screening at reRun in Brooklyn from April 8 through April 14. The film was directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and musician Kevin Barker, who has also performed with Devendra, Joanna, and Vetiver, among others. The film also features appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased, and Linda Perhacs. Watch the trailer below.
The Strokes, who recently performed on SNL and Letterman, are continuing their late night television trend tonight on Jimmy Fallon (3/30).
UPDATE: Fallon video also below,,,
Watch a video from the Letterman performance below...
LCD Soundsystem at MHoW (more by Tim Griffin)
"we've moved some staging stuff and removed some big cameras, etc...I don't know if I fully buy the "removed some big cameras" story, but regardless, tickets going back on sale is good news for those who missed the boat the first time. Tickets also went back on sale over the weekend for all four Terminal 5 shows, the first of which is TONIGHT (3/28).
boring, i know, but the end result is:
madison square gardens limited amount of tickets to go onsale!!!!!!!!
on monday 28th march at 10.00am there will be about 1500 tickets getting released for madison square garden show on april 2nd . - some are ga pit., some regular seats, some cheaper restricted view.
for these last remaining tickets, there are a few new rules (yes-closing the barn doors after the horses have run out):
tickets will go onsale via ticketmaster at 10.00am on monday 28th..
there is a two ticket per person limit.
these new tickets will not be hard tickets. the only way to enter the garden on the 2nd with these new tickets will be to show i.d. MATCHING THE CARD DETAILS USED TO PURCHASE at will call and then immediately enter the venue." - [LCD Soundsystem]
If you are going to Terminal 5, don't forget to get there early.
That's the cover art for the new Strokes record, Angles, which is being released on March 22nd via RCA records in the US, and March 21st via Rough Trade Records in the UK. The first single, "Under Cover of Darkness," which you can easily find for free if you don't have it already, is now on sale at iTunes.
On March 5th the Strokes are playing Saturday Night Live. The band is also rumored to be playing SXSW in mid-March (not long after they hit Vegas), and they are definitely playing Madison Square Garden in NYC on April 1st, and Coachella that same month, and then the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In June they'll hit Bonnaroo.
Tickets for the MSG show go on AmEx presale via Ticketmaster on 2/18 at 9am. After fees they will set you back $68.25 each. As mentioned in the initial announcement, they go "on sale to public" on February 25th. Whether there are any other fan presales remains to be seen.
No official announcement yet on when the LCD Soundsystem Terminal 5 shows are going on sale, though they did mention it would be this week and Friday seems to make sense, but stay tuned. Bonnaroo goes on sale Saturday.
UPDATE: at around 12:30pm. the Strokes' manager tweeted a picture of the Loew's Theater in Jersey City where the band apparently is right now filming the video for "Under Cover of Darkness."
The Strokes are the cover of a new issue of NME. Check that out below...
As many in the comments of my confusing post guessed/theorized/knew, The Strokes are in fact playing MSG on April 1st (one day before LCD Soundsystem end their live career in the same venue). As Julian Casablancas points out, tickets go on sale 2/25.
To quote James Murphy:
"we tried getting another day at msg. i'd mentioned this before and most everyone kind of rolled their eyes at me. "2 madison square garden shows, dude? really?" i thought, well, just in case, you know? maybe some people would fly from other places or something. but msg, being one of the most popular venues on the planet, was unsurprisingly booked. (for the record: just because it doesn't look booked on the internet, doesn't mean it's available. just saying.)"According to the Internet (see Internet screen shot above), MSG looks booked on every day of the LCD T5 shows, and it looks booked the day after. The only day it 'doesn't look booked' is April 1 (the Theater doesn't count). Big announcement coming soon? (yes).
UPDATE: according to the comments, this post is making some people think I'm hating or calling James Murphy a liar. Actually, it's just the opposite.
"wow i really dont think iever seen a msg show sell out so fast" - Bao Nguyen
"I've also NEVER seen TM so sluggish! - Klaus Kinski
"Is it true Mubarak stepped down just for a sec to try to go on Ticketmaster to get tickets to see @lcdsoundsystem at MSG?" - Aziz Ansari
James Murphy @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
After a presale that sold out instantly (people waiting on line for hours in the freezing cold outside Mercury Lounge included), LCD Soundsystem just sold out their final show at Madison Square Garden in an instant (give or take a few seconds of processing time). Promoter Bowery Presents' website also crashed, presumably from all the people trying to figure out what to do, when tickets went on sale at 11am (see screenshot above). Congrats James.
According to Chris Gersbeck...
"last night for literally about 3 minutes before taking it down, LCD Soundsystem's Facebook page announced a presale of GA tickets at the Mercury Lounge box office at 10am on Wednesday (tomorrow) morning for the 4/2 MSG show. Tickets would be limited to two a person and would not carry any ticketmaster fees... . [then] they PROMPTLY pulled it."Wednesday at 10am is also when Ticketmater says the "Pitchfork Pre-Sale" is happening (so it looks like no presale today, but they'll probably announce the password and these or similar details today).
UPDATE: LCD Soundsystem confirms:
we are happy to announce that at 10.00am on wednesday 9th february there will be a sale of a limited amount of general admission tickets at the mercury lounge box office 217 e. houston, new york, ny 10022. these tickets will not carry a ticketmaster charge. strictly limited to two per person. first come first served!!!!!!--
"Prince calls for Kim Kardashian to dance.....
kicks her offstage for lack of know how." - Questlove
TOMEEBOY'S HIGHLIGHTS:After cancelling his Super Bowl-related Dallas charity show over the weekend, and then not showing up to a scheduled press conference at 5pm on Monday, Prince played the final show of his NJ & NYC "Welcome 2 America" tour at Madison Square Garden Monday night (2/7). Cee-Lo Green opened the show. Prince's setlist and video of the Kim Kardashian part is below...
CEELO playing full version of "When U Were Mine"
DEDICATING NOTHING COMPARES 2u TO Bobby Z Prince said
" A lot of people helped me along the way, Bobby was one of them Recover soon Bobby"
Medley portion...Prince was very into the crowd. Unlike last time...Prince teases us with the songs but actually responded to the crowds reaction and played the ones that got the big reaction...He:
Sang one full verse of Sign of the Times
One full verse of Alphabet Street
Two full verses of I would Die 4U
Two Full verses of Pop Life
First verse of When Doves Cry
Started Forever in My Life...but stopped (didnt get strong reaction)
Played "Single Ladies by Beyonce for two minutes while some guy picked from the crowd made a fool of himself dancing...Prince got a kick out of him.
MOUNTAINS...full version with Shake Your Body Down too the Ground
Most importantly he said the following:" DONT WORRY NEW YORK, WE'LL BE BACK SOON...I LOVE IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LCD Soundsystem @ MHOW (more by Tim Griffin)
it's the end of an era as lcd soundsystem confirms an april 2 extravaganza at new york city's madison square garden that will be both its first time headlining the storied arena and the final, definitive and ultimate lcd live show.They also previously promised a February 8th presale. Bowery has announced that tickets will cost $49.50 and $35. UPDATE: Tickets and presale times are on Ticketmaster.
billed as lcd soundsystem: the long goodbye, this three-hour farewell performance will be the lengthiest most career-spanning set the band has ever played. those attending can expect the return of long dormant deep cuts to the lcd setlist as well as the first (and last) live performances of a number of never-before-played music spanning lcd soundsystem's decade-defining albums lcd soundsystem, sound of silver, this is happening, the acclaimed 45:33, and more.
lcd soundsystem: the long goodbye will see james murphy and company going out both on top and on their own terms: as the ultimate lcd live performance in both senses of the word, the show will see the lcd core live band of murphy, pat mahoney, nancy whang, al doyle, gavin russom, tyler pope and matt thornley augmented by a choir, string and horn sections plus contributions and collaborations from both one-time-only special guests and many of the musicians with whom the band has worked over the years.
lcd soundsystem: the long goodbye will cap a banner touring cycle that has seen the band play historic headlining sets at the hollywood bowl, pitchfork, V, wireless and more, from their native nyc to korea to the stretch of south american dates currently underway.
the members of lcd soundsystem will be observing a black and white clothing only dress code for the long goodbye. They respectfully request that the audience do the same.
nyc post-rock pioneers liquid liquid will open the show. further details and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed (or maybe they'll just show up that night).
tickets for lcd soundsystem: the long goodbye will be on sale february 11th. [press release]
LCD Soundsystem @ Webster Hall in April (more by Ryan Muir)
LCD Soundystem posted the following official message today:
good people of earth:They hadn't planned on announcing all that until Monday, but then they found out that the show was already announced thanks to posters hanging all over NYC. In reaction to that, James posted a message earlier in the day on the DFA message board:
lcd soundsystem are playing madison square garden on april 2nd, and it will be our last show ever. we are retiring from the game. gettin' out. movin' on. but for just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly 3 hours-playing stuff we've never played before and going out with a bang. and we'd like you to be there.
if you would, we'd love it if people all came in white. or black. or black and white. and come ready to have fun, please. and come early, as the festivities will be opened by our favorites, liquid liquid. yes: liquid liquid.
if it's a funeral, let's have the best funeral ever!!!
general onsale february 11th at bowerypresents.com and ticketmaster.com. check lcd website and pitchfork for fan pre-sale mid week, details posted on tuesday 8th.
Thanks to Erik for sending in the above picture, and for pointing out that "there are flyers going up all over the city for LCD Soundsystem's last show on Saturday April 2, 2011 w Liquid Liquid and special guests at Madison Square Garden." And thanks Nick for also sending in the below pic that confirms the same:
Cee-Lo @ Sundance 2011
Cee-Lo Green, who made a surprise appearance at 'Bing Bar' at Sundance on 1/23, will open for Prince at Madison Square Garden on February 7th. That's six days before he performs on the Grammys along with Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Muse, B.o.B, Usher, Bruno Mars, Jaden Smith and Janelle Monae who also recently opened for Prince.
In March Cee-Lo heads to Europe for some shows after a rumored appearance at SXSW.
Check out the trailer for "Bodies", Cee-Lo's new "motion picture by Mikael Colombu Films," starring Kerry Washington, Karl Lagerfeld, and Janelle Monae, below...
"i can't win... Prince apparently at Darby. i'm in BK at Bk Bowl. maceo parker consolation prize? and i turned down Darby... #EPICFAIL" - chinisha
"Can someone explain why #Prince and Maceo Parker were serenading Leighton Meester onstage at MSG tonight? #SoWrongForSoManyReasons" -Miguel Gonzalez
Prince, Maceo & Leighton Meester @ MSG - Jan 18, 2011 (photo by NPG 2011)
Did Prince pull the ultimate con? Maceo (who played with Prince again at Madison Square Garden last night) and Questlove (who was at the Prince show at MSG again last night, tweeting pictures of his co-worker Jimmy Fallon dancing on stage with Prince) were both on the bill of a late-night show at Brooklyn Bowl last night. The Brooklyn Bowl show was set to run later than Prince's MSG show and rumors spread that Prince would play the Brooklyn Bowl show too (the bill even said "very special guests"). Prince is known for playing late-night shows after his main shows. The rumor not only made sense, it worked. Brooklyn Bowl was packed with Prince fans still waiting after 1am for the purple one to appear on stage.
Apparently it even said "Maybe Prince?" on Maceo's setlist. Maybe Maceo didn't even know if he would show up, or maybe he was in on it. Either way, by 1:15am word started to spread that Prince couldn't be playing at Brooklyn Bowl because he had arrived at the (groupie-free?) real afterparty at the Darby on 14th St in Manhattan. Those who ended up seeing Brooklyn Bowl headliner and jam band Lettuce and Dr. John instead of Prince can at least take solace in the fact that Prince didn't actually perform at Darby, though MSG opener Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings did (and of course Questlove was there to see that too).
Sharon Jones on stage w/ Prince @ MSG - Jan 18, 2011 (by Questlove)
You have another chance to see Prince at MSG in February. A picture of the 1/18 MSG setlist, another pic of Prince, Maceo & Leighton, a rough list of what he actually played, and some videos, below...
Sharon Jones @ Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will open for Prince at MSG on 1/18! I don't know who will open for Prince at MSG on on 2/7 yet, but Erykah Badu will open for him at a fundraiser in Dallas on 2/4 (two days before the Superbowl in the same town).
The Black Eyed Peas are playing the Superbowl Halftime show this year. Prince played it in 2007.
Prince @ MSG on 12/29 (more by Jake Rocks Off)
Prince has added another NYC show! It happens on February 7th at MSG and tickets go on sale Saturday, January 15th at 10am. Meanwhile, tickets appear to be sold out for the January 18th show at the same venue.
It's been a weird, spread out NYC/NJ-area "concert series" for Prince whose other shows happened twice at the Izod Center in NJ, and twice at MSG (night 1, night 2), all during the last two weeks of December. There was also one NJ cancellation that coincided with the addition of the 1/18 show, and now this. Prince most recently made a surprise NYC appearance at Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi's New Year's Eve party.
photos by Ryan Barkan
Phish completed their three night run at Madison Square Garden late on Saturday night (1/1/11). One night earlier they spent the last moments of 2010 in a hot dog hovering over the crowd. The stunt, which was part of a routine that involved the performance of Phish rarity "Meatstick", included costumed dancers that filled the stage, streamers and foam hotdogs, and was initally done on 12/31/94 for New Years at the Boston Garden. It was revisited in 1999 and finally retired when the hot dog was donated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Phish borrowed the prop back from the museum for the MSG show.
Over their three night stay (which you may have watched from home since Phish offered a pay-per-view webcast of each night), Phish played a total of seven sets and did not repeat a single song. In fact, the band only repeated two songs during their entire five show New Year's Eve run that also included two shows DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Those songs were "David Bowie" and "Backwards Down the Number Line" (both played once in NYC).
Pictures, setlists and videos (including multiple angles of the flying hot dog) from all three shows, below...
Prince & Janelle Monae @ Madison Square Garden - 12/29/10 (pic by Jake Rocks Off)
Like he did on 12/18, Prince played Madison Square Garden on 12/29, but this time with help from Mint Condition, Janelle Monae and special guest Cyndi Lauper (though not Sheila E again despite an announcement by MSG that she would be there). Full setlist, a video and a few more pictures below...
My only complaint about the December 18th Prince show at Madison Square Garden was how short it felt. It was under two hours. I would have gladly taken three. I thought for sure we'd get a nice chunk of extra songs in the 2nd encore, but instead we only got a nice chunk of extra celebrities. Not that watching Sherri Sheppard of the View, Whoopi Goldberg (also on the View), opener Sinbad, Spike Lee, Spike Lee's son, Jamie Foxx, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Professor Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, opener Larry Graham (who also had his bass), Questlove (who also drummed) (and whose afro and tweeting were unmissable from where I was sitting before he left his seat to get on stage), Busta Rhymes, John Leguizamo (who I also saw on the will call line when I walked in), Sheila E (who was already up there performing), Prince's amazing band and backup singers and others dancing around on the love symbol-shaped stage wasn't fun, but I would have gladly traded it for a few more songs.
And speaking of Larry Graham whose band Graham Central Station opened, he was very worth getting there early for. Graham was the bass player for Sly & the Family Stone, and he paid that band tribute with a five-song medly that Prince himself came out to play on. For an opener, the energy in the half-packed room was huge.
Sheila E's appearance during Prince's set, especially her performance of her hit song The Glamorous Life was another serious highlight, though unlike as advertised, it wasn't the only show on the "tour" she showed up for. She didn't play at the 12/15 Izod Center show, but she did play during the second of three encores (yes, they got three) at the 12/17 Izod show, and it has been announced she will play with Prince again at MSG tonight (12/29). The full lineup for tonight's show is: 7:30 - Mint Condition, 8:15 - Janelle Monae, 9:00 - PRINCE
(w/ Sheila E). UPDATE: She didn't actually play with Prince on 12/29.
If you miss tonight's show, you still have one more chance on 1/18. Tickets are still on sale for that one (no openers have been announced yet though, that I know of). Janelle Monae and Prince were both spotted at Lauryn Hill last night, and will probably collaborate on stage tonight.
A few more mostly-encore pictures from the 12/18 MSG show, and some videos and the setlists from the last 2 shows, below...
As previously mentioned, Cassandra Wilson announced she would be playing with Prince on 12/15 only, and it was unclear if Janelle Monae would actually be at more than one show. She won't...
Prince has announced his guests for the first four dates of his highly anticipated "Welcome 2 America" performances. Joining him for his first performance on December 15th at the Izod Center will be jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and R&B artist Lalah Hathaway. Also at Izod, Prince will be joined by Grammy winning jazz performer Cassandra Wilson and funk saxophonist Maceo Parker on December 17th. For the first performance at Madison Square Garden on December 18th, comedian Sinbad and famed bassist Larry Graham and his band Graham Central Station. That night only, Sheila E will join Prince on stage. On December 29th at MSG, fans will be treated to Twin City legends Mint Condition and recent double-Grammy nominee Janelle Monae.Tickets are still available to the two NJ shows and the January MSG show. The list of dates with openers, and some videos, below...
Due to overwhelming demand, Prince recently announced an additional date at Madison Square Garden on January 18th, the guests for this show have yet to be announced.