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Vampire Weekend played MSG with Steve Lacy, announce 2020 tour (pics, videos, setlist, dates)

Just a few days after Vampire Weekend released their great new album Father of the Bride back in May, they celebrated it with an intimate, all-day release show at Webster Hall in the city that birthed them. And this past Friday (9/6), after touring all over, Vampire Weekend returned to NYC for a much larger show at the iconic Madison Square Garden. They played a 32-song, almost-three-hour set that saw them bringing FOTB contributor Steve Lacy (of The Internet) on stage for their first joint live renditions of “Dark Red” and “Sunflower.” Opener Angélique Kidjo also joined for pre-encore set-closer “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin,” which worked in bits of Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.” They’ve done a lot of location-specific covers on this tour, and the MSG show actually didn’t get any full covers, but VW did also work in a bit of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop” into their own “Diplomat’s Son” (as they’ve done before on this tour) and they played the SBTRKT song that Ezra Koenig sings on, “New Drop. New York” (ditto). Watch video of the whole show in eight parts (Steve Lacy comes out during part six) and see the full setlist below. Pictures of Vampire Weekend’s set are in the gallery above.

During the MSG show, VW also announced a round of 2020 tour dates, including shows in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Upstate NY, Pittsburgh, Asheville, Boise, Columbus, Detroit, Kansas City, New Orleans, and more. All dates are listed below.

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Vampire Weekend at MSG – 9/6/19 Setlist (via)
Bambina
Unbelievers
White Sky
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Holiday
M79
One (Blake’s Got a New Face)
Sympathy
Unbearably White
Step
New Dorp. New York (SBTRKT cover)
This Life
Diplomat’s Son (Includes snippet of “Pressure Drop” by Toots and the Maytals)
Hold You Now (Ezra did his verse facing the audience behind the stage)
Harmony Hall
Diane Young
Cousins
A-Punk
Hannah Hunt
2021
California English
Dark Red (Steve Lacy cover) (with Steve Lacy)
Sunflower (with Steve Lacy)
Oxford Comma
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin (with Angélique Kidjo) (With ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’ interlude by Paul Simon)

Encore:
Big Blue
Ottoman (Request from the fan with the IKEA bucket hat)
Obvious Bicycle (Request from the fan with the FOTB bucket hat, with ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ interlude by John Hurley)
Run (Request from section of audience all “running” in place)
Worship You
Ya Hey
Walcott

Vampire Weekend — 2019/2020 Tour Dates
Sep 14 2019 – Sep 15 2019 Atlanta, GA Music Midtown
Sep 22 2019 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful
Sep 25 2019 Vancouver, BC Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
Sep 27 2019 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
Sep 28 2019 Portland, OR McMenamins Edgefield
Oct 01 2019 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct 02 2019 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Oct 03 2019 San Diego, CA CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Oct 06 2019 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Oct 08 2019 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct 09 2019 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct 18 2019 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Festival Coordenada
Oct 19 2019 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Live Out Festival
Oct 21 2019 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico Metropolitan Theater
Oct 22 2019 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico Metropolitan Theater
Nov 07 2019 Edinburgh, UK Usher Hall (SOLD OUT)
Nov 08 2019 Manchester, UK O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Nov 09 2019 Manchester, UK O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Nov 11 2019 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
Nov 13 2019 London, UK Alexandra Palace (SOLD OUT)
Nov 14 2019 London, UK Alexandra Palace
Nov 16 2019 Paris, France Le Zenith
Nov 18 2019 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique (SOLD OUT)
Nov 19 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands AFAS Live
Nov 21 2019 Cologne, Germany Carlswerk Victoria
Nov 22 2019 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
Nov 24 2019 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz
Nov 25 2019 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
Nov 26 2019 Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Coliseum
Dec 30 2019 Marion Bay SA, Australia Falls Festival
Dec 31 2019 Lorne VIC, Australia Falls Festival
Jan 02 2020 Byron Bay NSW, Australia Falls Festival
Jan 04 2020 Fremantle WA, Australia Falls Festival
May 29 2020 Westbrook, ME, USA Maine Savings Pavilion
May 30 2020 Burlington, VT, USA Midway Lawn
May 31 2020 Gilford, NH, USA Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Jun 02 2020 Lewiston, NY, USA Artpark Mainstage Theater
Jun 03 2020 Pittsburgh, PA, USA Stage AE
Jun 12 2020 Asheville, NC, USA The Orange Peel Outdoors
Aug 09 2020 Bend, OR, USA Les Schwab Amphitheater
Aug 10 2020 Boise, ID, USA Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug 12 2020 Missoula, MT, USA Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Aug 14 2020 Calgary, AB, CanadaBMO Centre
Aug 15 2020 Edmonton, AB, CanadaEdmonton Convention Centre
Sep 23 2020 Columbus, OH, USA Express Live!
Sep 24 2020 Detroit, MI, USA Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sep 26 2020 Cedar Rapids, IA, USA McGrath Amphitheatre
Sep 27 2020 Lincoln, NE, USA Pinewood Bowl Theater
Sep 29 2020 Kansas City, MO, USA Starlight Theatre
Sep 30 2020 Tulsa, OK, USA BOK Center
Oct 06 2020 New Orleans, LA, USA Saenger Theatre
Oct 07 2020 Birmingham, AL, USA BJCC Concert Hall

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