|Lining up early outside the venue
However, getting there hours early did not pay off. We were in line for hours to place ourselves close to the stage, only to have a curtain rolled back on the side to reveal the real stage. Of course, now that we think about it how could they have all fit on the tiny set up we camped at, leaving only once for a quick break and beers.
At least I got to see my musical hero James Murphy up close, as he introduced The Reflektors in his humble way. (This founder of DFA and mastermind of LCD Soundsystem served as a producer for the new album, Reflektor, due out October 29). Three bobble-head performers like in the video for the title track came out, strumming a bit until the big reveal. Then it was a mad dash when the crowd mentality took over in a crush of people charting a new course for the evening -- so much for fan loyalty or basic concert etiquette.
|The Reflektors from our original spot ~6 feet away
|Crappy new spot after being punked 50+ feet away
I usually go see a band after exploring their latest work, so to hear "Joan of Arc" and other new songs for the first time was an unsettling, although novel, experience. Everything sounded great but I was just catching glimpses of band members through people's shoulders in front of me, mostly of altitudinous Richard Reed Parry.
Sadly, only two older songs were presented as covers of the Montreal band Arcade Fire. "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" brought out a joyous bounce in the audience, even on a cement floor. I was surprised at the ecstatic reaction to "Sprawl ll (Mountains Beyond Mountains," one of my favorite songs that I didn't know it was for others, mainly because it highlights the shaky voice of Régine Chassagne. And their new song "Afterlife" will soon be added to this list.
|Win Butler and Richard Reed Parry
It's like Arcade Fire wanted to be a smaller, hip DFA band for the night, throwing a warehouse dance party into the wee hours. The midnight curfew wasn't the only thing holding them back from this goal. They are a huge, famous, Grammy-winning band -- you just can't go back in time. Of course, we wish we could co back in time too. We're kicking ourselves for not figuring out the ruse and furious that the band would enjoy such careless mayhem. I've now been to an Arcade Fire concert, but I certainly didn't get to see the band. Here are two videos from a full band vantage point that I never got to view during the show.