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"Tuesday night's Massive Attack show in New York City verged on sensory overload. The air was hazy and thick with incense, and the stage was aglow with blue lights; chimes tinkled throughout the cavernous venue, Terminal 5, and an enormous LED screen flashed assorted facts and quotes behind the band and their impressive array of drum sets, synths and keyboards: Cubic meters of water used per person in Canada, "The Truth About Elvis".... on and on....

...The duo, Robert Del Naja (a.k.a. 3D) and Grantley Marshall (Daddy G), played a two-hour set that relied heavily on the new album -- whose musical contributors include Blur's Damon Albarn, Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe (none of whom played with the band last night) -- and on their 1998 classic, Mezzanine.

Longtime collaborators Martina Topley-Bird and Horace Andy were on hand to help, however. [SPIN]

As SPIN points out, we didn't get any Tunde last night (I thought we would), but Deborah Miller, Horace and Martina did a great job assisting the band on vocals during the awesome 2-hour show Massive Attack played at Terminal 5 last night (lights, music, quotes by Howard Zinn and others, everything). Martina handled "Teardrop". And they do it again tonight (with Neon Indian opening).

The setlist and more pictures from last night (but not of Anti-Pop Consortium or Martina who also opened - yet) below...

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Massive Attack @ Terminal 5 - May 11, 2010 - setlist
1. United Snakes
2. Babel
3. Risingson
4. Girl, I Love You
5. Psyche
6. Future Proof
7. Invade Me
8. Teardrop
9. Mezzanine
10. Angel
11. Safe From Harm
12. Inertia Creeps
Encore:
13. Splitting the Atom
14. Unfinished Sympathy
15. Atlas Air
16. Karmakoma