Dreams came true for some lucky Arcade Fire fans who got to see the band celebrate their fifth studio LP, Everything Now (review), at Brooklyn's intimate, extravagantly decorated Grand Prospect Hall. The show, which was attended by winners of a free ticket lottery, also streamed live via Apple Music (did you watch?). Despite an email that initially went out to ticket winners warning of a "hip and trendy" dress code ("NO FLIP FLOPS") and mandatory checked phones, Arcade Fire later clarified/backtracked that there was really no dress code, and to "wear whatever you want to any show." They had a good sense of humor about it too, playing "#dresscodegate" to their advantage by holding a contest awarding tickets to last night's show to people who tweeted pictures of themselves wearing their least trendy outfits. They even handed out flip flops, embossed with the "Everything Now" logo (natch), to fans waiting in line.
The band played in the round, underneath one of GPH's ornate chandeliers, and their set featured some Everything Now songs but plenty of older ones too, including "The Suburbs," which the band dedicated to David Bowie. For the encore of "Neon Bible," they once again used the supposed banned item list to their advantage, playing to the requested glow of the audience's cellphones. Pictures and video clips from the show, and the setlist, are below.
Arcade Fire headline Lollapalooza next Sunday, and play an intimate aftershow at The Metro the same night (8/5). Their tour returns to NYC for a show at Madison Square Garden on September 12 (tickets). The day before that (9/11), they'll appear at Brooklyn's Rough Trade to sign copies of Everything Now; purchase the album in LP, CD, or cassette format in store (or at Rough Trade's Panorama outpost this weekend) to get a wristband for entry.
Setlist: Arcade Fire @ Grand Prospect Hall, 7/27/2017
Here Comes the Night Time
Signs of Life
No Cars Go
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)