John Mayer And Bob Weir Discuss Their Decision To Form Dead & Company

first_imgBefore there was Dead & Company… before there was even a Fare Thee Well… there was just two, really good guitarist jamming out on a late night television program. Back in February 2015, John Mayer took over as an interim host on The Late Late Show, where he welcomed Bob Weir on and joined him for a performance. Mayer was a burgeoning Deadhead, and the two clicked on a musical level. The rest, as they say, is history.Watch Bob Weir And John Mayer Jam On ‘The Late Late Show’As Weir recently explained to Radio.com, “We were going to do, like, two songs… And we did a sound check that lasted about an hour and a half and touched on those two songs briefly and then just went and kept going. And [CBS] finally had to unplug us, they had a show to produce. And so, the idea came up to put together a band.”Mayer then spoke about what he needed to do to make Dead & Company a reality. “I took most of 2015 off from touring and even recording… I knew that it could be done, but not without a really, really large amount of time to do it, in terms of learning all the songs, and also figuring out sort of that really subtle combination of what is absolutely inherent and native to the music, and what can be changed, so that whatever I’m doing seems really authentic to me.”Weir spoke about the timing for deciding to formulate this group. “Well actually, we had decided previous to the Fare Thee Well concerts that we’re going to do [this],” Weir explained. “At least we were going to run it up the flagpole, because I played with John, like I said, in January of last year. And it became apparent to us that this was a rabbit that we wanted to chase. And so we were already talking about it. And we brought Mickey and Bill into the conversation. And Phil is getting older, and has less than limited interest in hitting the road anymore. So we knew we were looking in a different direction there. And so we got to talking. We had already, by the time we hit the Fare Thee Well concerts, we had already auditioned some bass players, and had a pretty solid notion of what we were up to. But we were loath to talk about it at the time, because there was still way too much undecided about it, and it really hadn’t much taken shape, and besides, you don’t want to be talking about your next project [when you’re on a current project]. We were just sort of feeling our way into Dead & Company without putting a lot of thought to it, while we were concentrating on the 50th.”Mayer then spoke about his preparation for the band, saying “There were songs I knew; there were songs I didn’t know. And so I kind of built this assembly line in my head of learning the songs that I knew, and really listening hardcore to the songs that I didn’t. For the most part, I was just going on the same ride that every other Deadhead goes on, where they discovered the music, one song at a time. So it’s what I call sort of ‘shaking the big Polaroid’ with this music. It was a lot of learning of songs, and then it was a lot of really trying to get the combination right, like I said.”It’s certainly nice to hear how dedicated Mayer was to the craft. However, the guitarist did worry about how he was going to be received by the band’s loyal legions of fans. “Certainly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received at all, but I knew that in the nucleus of it, that there was some authenticity. There was a lot of authenticity. Musically, it’s exactly what I was hoping it would be; it’s exactly what I thought it would be. And in terms of the way it was received, it was absolutely what I was hoping it would be. So it couldn’t have been better for me.”With Dead & Company going so well, Mayer hasn’t really put much emphasis on his solo career as of late. While he was in the studio working on a John Mayer Trio album not too long ago, it seems that Mayer is in no rush to release it. “I feel like I’m at this point where the shape of my career is sort of in line with the shape of who I am as a person, which is a little broader than just having a solo career. I’m really, really thankful for the solo career, giving me the opportunity to be able to leave the solo career, and then come back to it, and have it still be there. So I feel like I have the best job in music right now. It’s a little bit boundless.”He continues, saying “It’s not necessarily a guy trying to make a record to go to number one to continue to keep that machine going. It’s really me now. And I thank Bob and Mickey and Billy and Jeff and Oteil for the opportunity to really open the door and walk outside. It’s very difficult to  get the strength to decide to put something aside that’s become sort of your life. It’s what you know. It is the routine to make a record and tour, make a record and tour, make a record and tour, in terms of just keeping this sort of world domination scheme going. But the music that these guys make, the music of The Grateful Dead, made this [opportunity] such a no-brainer in terms of me understanding exactly why it was I wanted to put a [solo] record on hold. And it just is like another – it’s just another badge on the sort of musical lapel, you know?”And, “Most people [who] are solo artists: the solo [career] is the very top of the pyramid. And interestingly for me now, the solo [career] is underneath the top of the pyramid, and the top of the pyramid is just ‘musician.’ And that is so freeing and beautiful. I’m not held to any record cycle. I’m not held to any pop cultural demand right now. And to be this many years into a career and still be discovering how to play the guitar is, I think, the sign that I’m really on the right path, in terms of being a musician. And it’s hard to commit to being a musician when you become successful; you want to keep so many other balls in the air. So to be more sort of practical in the answer, I put [my solo] record aside last April, and just started to learn all this music, and came back to the album in January, which was actually really good to take time to step away from it and listen back to it again, and decide what are the songs that have stood the test of time. And so now, I’m back in the studio making the record. I’ll finish it by the end of the year. And this year will have been a year that I was both in this band touring, and finishing my record, so that next year will be a solo artist sort of a year. But I will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever. And I think as long as there’s a desire to do it, I know how to carve time out. I think it’s always going to be worth doing. I will do Dead & Company as long fans want it, and as long it still feels like there’s something left on the table to try and play and get right and explore. So for me, I couldn’t be happier as a musician and a career artist now.”The remainder of the Radio.com piece talks about the band’s future plans. The quotes were pulled from a round table conference call interview, so they appear very similar to the ones listed in the Billboard piece about the possibility for writing and recording new music. They also mention Weir’s discussion about the late great Merle Haggard, which was also previously published.Dead & Company tour kicks off June 10th, but the band’s bassist, Oteil Burbridge, joined a very special “Fu & Phriends” benefit for Bernie Sanders with us earlier this week. Check out video coverage here.last_img read more

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Dad, Please Never Stop Going To Music Festivals: An Open Letter

first_imgFor six years and counting, I have attended the Wanee Music Festival with my father and ten of his long-time companions and fellow music-loving friends. While the tradition has resumed after over thirty years of friendship for them, my induction to the crew came to wait until I was at least eighteen years old. My situation is unique, having grown up around the definitive treats of rock and roll since I was very young; though hanging at a music festival with your dad and his friends on their one weekend out of the year dedicated to their escape from “real life” is definitely a right one must earn. And from them, I have learned.There are three levels of music festival attendees: the first-timer, who quietly keeps anxious thoughts to themselves as the weekend turns them into reckless riots of thanks and praise; the seasoned professional, who has since learned from their mistakes and plans according to the go of the flow; and the master, who after years of experience, knows the “when” and the “how” to every little situation.Festival wisdom is like an acquired taste, you don’t always want to do what you know you have to do in order to get the job done. These are things I’ve learned from my dad and his friends, who after a weekend of using up all the water resorted to half-empty beer cans to brush their teeth and spit out the toothpaste in the morning. The same guys who have found themselves standing in porta potties holding two brews for the better half of an hour with their ears pressed against the cracks, just to hear the music while it’s torrentially pouring outside. These, my friends, are legends…the kind every young person should learn from.I wish I could tell you everything, but I won’t. Beyond the superfluous life-hacks are the insurmountable life lessons. I take it upon my duty as a young writer, now well versed in the festival lives of 50+ year-old grown men, to pass on the ten reasons you should continue going to music festivals when you grow up. I supplement these thanks with an ode of gratitude.10. Like all concert-goers, you, too, deserve the right to escape reality for a few days.Everyone has responsibilities at home. One of the best things about music festivals is that none of those responsibilities matter while you’re there. No one is thinking about paying bills, or scheduling doctors appointments, or what to get their boss for the holidays when they are surrounded by thousands of like-minded individuals gallivanting in the midst of a musical dream. The most important thing to remember is that whatever responsibilities are left at home will still be there upon return, so your time can only best be spent when used as an opportunity to rest the mind and enjoy yourself thoroughly. Then, bring your kids.9. Upgrading to VIP is totally justifiable. Hell, it’s recommended.Ditch the tent. If you’ve made a living for yourself and you are planning to attend a music festival, do it right. Do it big. Whether in an RV, a bus, or a hotel, you can finally afford to get a good night’s rest. Sleep is of the most important methods of survival when dedicating multiple days to music and arts in an uncivilized campground. So ball out like you’ve always wanted to; do what you have to do to ensure a comfortable sleep. Chances are your wallet won’t feel it as much as the 20-something-year-olds who’s budgeting exists to satisfy the weekend experience.8. It’s healthy to unleash your inner-child.“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” The statement speaks for itself, as a memory of my glowstick crown-wearing adult friend skips up to the pizza stand for last call at 3AM, knowing full-well that there are still hours of fun to be had before the sunrise greets the sheets and another epic adventure ensues. Campfire hangs, befriending strangers, going against the whims of normalcy– these are all part of the experiences that make a music festival so special. It’s about what happens after the music stops that resonates a sense of familiarity, as we re-engage with humanity on a level outside of reality.7. You can never have enough new experiences.The universe is here for us to try new things, and share those experiences with others. Traditions like “The Acoustic Ambush,” where we gather between two golf carts and slowly peruse the campgrounds with guitars, amps, percussion instruments, and the chords of our vocals, will forever welcome new experiences that are sometimes meant to be chosen over the scheduled acts themselves. We meander through tents until we catch the attention of fellow campers, entertain them for 3/4 of a song, then slowly continue on, leaving them with nothing but a faint memory of sing-a-long songs. It is the art of the impromptu jam, the freestyle lyrics, and the directionless paths that color our memories with the unique feathers that keep us coming back each year. Remember us?Proof, found on random Facebook page:6. The 70’s were awesome, but there’s some really great music now too.Music is a tradition that gets passed on. Each style is a re-presentation of some previous form of another. While the older music listeners remain faithful to their record store finds, the avid millennial festival-goer is a book of knowledge when it comes to past and present music trends. The best is when those two worlds collide, like when Susan Tedeschi, Eric Krasno, and the Tedeschi Trucks horn section joined Break Science on the Mushroom Stage two years ago, or when jamtronica bands like Conspirator redefine Jimi Hendrix tunes at 2AM before crowds of un-experienced listeners. Music is awesome, and is meant to be shared.5. Music festivals are a great way to bring families together.Despite what one might remember from Woodstock, music festivals are family-oriented gatherings fueled by passion and togetherness for all ages. The community comes together bearing life’s most valuable moral codes: be nice to everyone, and they will be nice to you; smile to the world, and the world will smile back; money only gets you what life can’t on it’s own; it’s not an experience if you can’t bring someone along; make friends with strangers, and the good vibes will ripple back. Teach your children young, show them the way of life, love, and endless laughter!4. Adults who attend music festivals give youth hope in their own future.There’s nothing better than seeing a 55-year-old man shotgun a beer at 8AM. On top of that, they have an authentic relationship with music that keeps them attending concerts for all these years. They understand things differently than young people do, because the stories from the last 50+ years of music history is part of their childhood memories, and they bear wisdom of it’s weight in the contemporary moment. Beyond that, they show incredible wits of expertise in their unparalleled abilities to withstand a weekend of music without waking up on the wrong side of the bed. These legends are heroes, worthy of endless praise.3. Adults, too, might learn something from the youth.There’s a lot of new music out there, and the players are just as monumentally important to know about as the pioneers. “Where’d the chick on drums go?,” one asks me while watching Dumpstaphunk, remembering Nikki Glaspie from previous years. Only a my-timer can respond happily to inform that she is touring with her new band The Nth Power, and follow it up with a link to their new CD. In addition to our knowledge of contemporary music, we might have a few tricks up our sleeves on how to survive the weekend too: like how to make a warm beer cold in under 5 minutes using just a paper towel, some water, and a cooler. 2. Old-timers, more than anyone else in the crowd, deserve to see the music- as they’ve been supporters since the very beginning.Seniority is real, just ask any Deadhead or Phish Phan. While newcomers are more than encouraged to join in on the fun, those who have been there since the warehouse days are worthy of the best seats in the house. Like the musicians, the fans, too, have grown into themselves as products of the musical times that have led them there. Respect.1. The weekend experience will revitalize you for an entire year.Muscles may ache for days after the weekend, but the memories will keep you sane as you return to “real life,” giving everyone something to look forward to for twelve, or less, months to come. It’s weekends like these, where friends come together and bond over the unique shared experience of a music festival, picking right back up wherever they last left off, that life is really about– no matter the age.[Photos by Jeremy Driesen]last_img read more

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Melvin Seals & JGB, Sophistafunk And More Added To Top-Notch Backwoods Pondfest Lineup

first_imgHeading to Peru, NY for the 10th straight year, the Backwoods Pondfest continues to impress with a jam-packed 2016 lineup. Held from August 5-6 at the Twin Ponds Campsite, the festival has made some great additions to a lineup that previously included Pink Talking Fish Is Bowie, The Nth Power, Blind Owl Band and more.Today, the festival has revealed a few more players, including headlining act Melvin Seals & JGB. Other additions include Spiritual Rez, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Sophistafunk, Gang of Thieves, Mister F, Brummy Brothers, Subsoil, The Honey Smugglers, Annie in the Water, The Edd, Formula 5, Jiggawaltz, and Doomf@%k.The festival has also extended into Thursday night for the first time ever, welcoming select guests for an official pre-party on site. The Edd, Blind Owl Band and a headliner TBA will all be performing for this new celebration!You can catch the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for tickets and details.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Conclude Vegas Run With Jennifer Hartswick And Natalie Cressman [Gallery/Setlist]

first_imgLoad remaining images Just one day after performing a monster four-set showing at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the indomitable musical force of Umphrey’s McGee returned to the storied venue to close out a two-night run in style. While not the thematically resounding performance as an “UMBowl,” the band was able to relax after completing the four quarter challenge and rock out with a show full of highlights.The band opened up with “You Got The Wrong Guy > Speak Up,” keeping things grooving with some of their classic tunes in the first set. “Bridgeless,” “Hajimemashite,” “Dump City,” “Nemo” and “In the Kitchen” all made appearances in the first half, allowing fans old and new to enjoy the band’s potented brand of musical magic. After “Nemo,” the band brought out horn players Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman to join in on two classics, UM’s “Red Tape” and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough.”After a brief respite, the band returned to the stage for the second half of this incredible show. There, the group got into tracks like “Attachments” and “1348,” including a fun “Woody Woodpecker” theme prior to the latter. After more UM classics like “The Triple Wide > Bridgeless” and “Puppet String,” the band made their biggest bust out of the night: Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.” Played for the first time since 5/25/97 (991 shows), UM welcomed out Jennifer Hartswick to sing the lead on the tune. Hartswick is an impressive vocalist, and there’s no doubt that she nailed it.Hartswick then remained on stage, bringing back Natalie Cressman to complete the horn section duo for “Women Wine and Song > Wife Soup.” The two Umphrey’s songs were only accentuated by the power of the horn section.The band returned to play “Controversy” in the encore, before welcoming the horn players back for the grand finale, “Bad Friday.” What a show! Next up for Umphrey’s McGee is a multi-night appearance at their famed Summer Camp Music Festival at the end of the month. You can check out the full setlist from last night’s show below, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 5/7/16Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Speak Up, Bridgeless > Hajimemashite, Dump City, Nemo > In The Kitchen > Nemo, Red Tape[1], Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough[1]Set 2: Attachments, 1348, The Triple Wide > Bridgeless, Puppet String, No Ordinary Love[2], Women Wine and Song[1] > Wife Soup[1]Encore: Controversy > Bad Friday[1][1] with Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and Natalie Cressman on trombone[2] with Jennifer Hartswick on vocalsNotes:with Woody Woodpecker theme (George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss) tease before 1348last No Ordinary Love 05.25.2007 (991 shows)Photos were captured during night one by Phil Clarkin. See a full gallery below:last_img read more

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Strange Creek Campout Attendee Gets Stuck After Climbing 30-Foot Electrical Tower

first_imgLast weekend, the StrangeCreek Campout festival hosted dozens of performers at the Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, MA from May 27th through the 29th. Hosted annually by Max Creek, the festival featured Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Pink Talking Fish, John Kadlecik Band, Marco Benevento, Consider the Source, DJ Logic and more for three days of celebration.One fan may have celebrated a bit too hard, unfortunately, as a report in local media outlet The Recorder says that a woman climbed up a 30-foot high-tension electrical tower at the festival, only to get stuck up there. The local Fire Department and medical personnel were called in to rescue the woman, who was then transported to a nearby hospital.Fortunately, there were no physical injuries reported. “It’s under investigation, but we believe that it may have been a psychological issue,” said Lt. William Gordon. The report also notes that it’s unknown whether psychedelic drugs were involved.The moral of the story is that, if you take drugs at a music festival, try not to climb anything!last_img read more

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New Gorillaz Album To Feature De La Soul & Snoop Dogg Collaborations

first_imgBy now, Gorillaz fans are rolling their eyes at yet another headline that promises them a new album. However, all signs point to the imminent release of new Gorillaz music, as the band has shared many statuses from the studio. Today, even more details about the new album have emerged, as a new The Guardian interview with Pos of De La Soul revealed some exciting collaborators.“It comes when we feel we’ve got something that would be a great match for an artist. With Damon, it was easy because we love working with him,” says Pos. “We’re about to be on the new Gorillaz album. Snoop was also performing on the record when we were over there. He pulled us to the side and said: ‘Hey man, we’ve never worked together, can we get this going?’”So, not only will we see De La Soul on the new album, but Snoop Dogg as well! As of now, no formal announcement about the new Gorillaz album has been made, but rest assured it is in the works and more information will be coming soon. We can’t wait!last_img read more

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Members of Turkuaz, TAB, Sister Sparrow & More To Play Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”

first_img–  Show Info –Band:     Michelangelo Carubba & Friends To Play Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little PillVenue:   American Beauty – 251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001Date:      Friday – February 17th, 2017Time:     Doors 9pm / Show 10pmTickets: $12adv / $15dos (Purchase tix HERE)With the ever-changing landscape of individual rights being put at risk in the current political climate, it is important to support organizations and charities that advocate for various demographics of the country’s population. With that in mind, a portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Planned Parenthood in support of women’s rights to decide what is in the best interest of their own bodies and minds.Enter To Win Tickets: Anybody that lived through the 90’s, at one time or another, listened to Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill. It was one of the biggest albums at the time, and still holds water as one of the most influential albums from that era to this very day. Today, Turkuaz drummer, Michelangelo Carubba, has announced that he has gathered some musical “friends” to pay tribute to Jagged Little Pill, set to take place on Friday, February 17th at New York City’s American Beauty (purchase tickets here).Joining Carubba will be Trey Anastasio Band trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds leading lady Arleigh Kincheloe, Turkuaz bandmates and femme fatale singers Shira Elias and Sammi Garett, along with guitarist Sasha Brown, The Nth Power bassist Nate Edgar, and guitarist Craig Brodhead.The all-star cast will perform the album in its entirety, taking on powerful tracks such as “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket,” and “Ironic,” followed by a second set jam session. What they will play for the jam is anybody’s guess, but you can bet it’s going to go down!At Carubba’s Birthday Bash earlier this year, which also celebrated the life of former Turkuaz keyboardist Stephen Malinowski, the group gave a hint at just how incredible a performance of Morissette’s music would be, with a monster cover of “You Oughta Know.” Check out full audio of that show below, courtesy of taper Matt Moricle:last_img read more

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STS9 Lets Loose For Two Great Shows At The Wiltern In Los Angeles [Gallery/Audio]

first_imgLoad remaining images Timeless jam group STS9 got to work in Los Angeles, CA last weekend, playing two packed shows at the renowned Wiltern Theatre for their loyal fans. The band continues to set the tone as one of the premier groups fusing live and electronic music, and held it down for two great dance parties in the Golden State.One of the biggest stories of the weekend was the unannounced departure of Lighting Director Saxton Waller, who quietly vacated his position as the band welcomed their newest LD, Tiberius, for these performances. Though the lighting direction may have changed hands, the music was left in the capable hands of the musicians on stage, and they delivered two blow out performances.You can catch full audio of the second night embedded here, as taped by Pat Myers, as well as the setlists and a full photo gallery from Brandon Weil below.Setlist: STS9 | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 1/20/17Set 1: Political speech sample, Click Lang Echo> Rent, Instantly> 4 Year Puma> Instantly, Golden Gate, Out Of This World, CircusSet 2: March> Moonsocket (Modular intro), Worry No More (Jam w/ tech failure), Blu Mood, Worry No More, To The World, We’ll Meet In Our Dreams, New Dawn, New Day, When The Dust SettlesEncore: PoseidonSetlist: STS9 | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 1/21/17Set 1: Modular intro> Kamuy> Get Loud> Kamuy, Give & Take, Equinox, Totem> In Due Time> World Go Round, GrowSet 2: MOD, Walk To The Light> Gobnugget, Surreality> EB, Be Nice, Inspire Strikes Back, Sun, Moon, & StarsEncore: The Rabblelast_img read more

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Gov’t Mule Brings Rockin’ New Music To Build Studio NYC Session [Watch]

first_imgThis week, Gov’t Mule will embark on an extended run of dates in support of their upcoming album, Revolution Come… Revolution Go, beginning with a performance at NYC’s Central Park SummerStage with Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Yesterday, in preparation for the tour, Mule headed to Build NYC for an intimate studio session, where they ran through several tracks from the new album, due out June 9th.The session included takes on several Revolution Come… Revolution Go tracks, including the previously released “Stone Cold Rage,” “Sarah, Surrender,” and “Dreams & Songs,” as well as “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground,” the album’s closing track. Guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts also sat down for a conversation about the new album, the upcoming tour, and all things Mule in 2017.Thanks to YouTube user sgibson818, you can watch close-up fan-shot videos each of Gov’t Mule’s live numbers from their May 15th Build Studio NYC session, as well as footage of their fan Q & A, below:“Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground”“Stone Cold Rage”“Dreams & Songs”“Sarah, Surrender”Fan Q & A: For a full list of upcoming Gov’t Mule dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

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Arcade Fire Bring Impressive Infinite Content Tour To Madison Square Garden [Photo/Video]

first_imgArcade Fire brought their Infinite Content Tour to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The band showed off a brand-new setup with a square-shaped, boxing-ring-themed stage and a wild new production that featured a moving light rig and multiple huge disco balls. The band delivered a career-spanning set list, with songs from classic albums Funeral, Reflektor, and The Suburbs mixed in with a healthy dose of material from their new album, Everything Now.Arcade Fire knows how to throw a great party, and the band always make sure to bring great support acts on the road with them. For Tuesday’s show in New York City, the band tapped Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a short, thirty-minute opening set and iconic Hip Hop DJ Grandmaster Flash for an hour-long DJ set ahead of Arcade Fire’s headlining performance. Flash, unfortunately, came off as a bit stale and was ultimately pulled from the stage a few minutes before his scheduled end time. The Montreal natives themselves emerged just after 9:00 pm to a raucous applause, as an announce whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his dramatic introduction.The band opened the show with “Everything Now” and “Signs of Life” from their new album, Everything Now, before whipping out an old classic, “Rebellion (Lies).” The band worked through a version of “Here Comes The Night Time” and brought out Haitian dancers for their performance of “Haiti” before turning in a powerful version of Neon Bible standout “No Cars Go”. If you’re familiar with Arcade Fire’s live experience, then you know the rest of the story. The band continued to feature old classics—”Neon Bible”, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”, “Afterlife”—while also dedicating a portion of the night to their Grammy Award-winning album, The Suburbs. The band played “The Suburbs”, “The Suburbs (Continued)”, “Ready To Start”, and “Sprawl II” in succession towards the end of the set. After smoke-machine-aided performances of Everything Now songs “Infinite Content” and “Creature Comfort”, the band brought the set to a close with “Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)” from Funeral.For the encore, the band delivered a delicate version of “We Don’t Deserve Love”, a ballad from the new record, before reprising “Everything Now (Continued)”, during which Preservation Hall Jazz Band slowly joined them on stage. They then added horns to Arcade Fire’s classic closing song, “Wake Up”, before walking off stage with the band and leading the group second-line-style into the crowd, to the backstage area, and eventually out into Penn Station, the major train hub that is located directly underneath Madison Square Garden.It was a triumphant end to a big evening for Arcade Fire, who are just now getting started on the most ambitious tour of their career. The stage, the lights, smoke, video content—everything was so thought out and big—it all seemed like a realization of sorts for this band. Arcade Fire was always the “Arena” indie band, with the band sporting a big sound that was meant for a larger room. Well, there they were, playing in the round in front of at least 16,000 people with a giant square stage, a huge moving light rig, giant disco balls on each side of the floor, and video content created specifically for each song. It was a sight to behold. With an album called Everything Now and a tour called Infinite Content, it makes sense to overwhelm the senses a bit, and that’s just what Arcade Fire did.The show was not without its faults, however, as an uneven vocal mix plagued the first half of the show. Frontman Win Butler finally asked for his vocals to be turned down halfway through the show, and that seemed to help a bit. Both guitar players—Richard Reed Parry and Tim Kingsbury—could be seen arguing with their guitar techs at various points throughout the night, and the show definitely had a few other kinks that could be worked out. All in all, Arcade Fire have the ability to be one of the best live bands in the world on their best nights. Last night wasn’t one of their best nights, but it was still an extremely enjoyable show. The band is up there as one of the most creative, passionate, and unique bands in the world today.Check out a few videos from the show below. Also below, you can find a few videos from the band’s second line through Madison Square Garden and into Penn Station. Finally, enjoy a gallery of photos from the concert by photographer Joe Russo.“No Cars Go”[Video: Hellspawn 3000]“Reflektor”[Video: Iron Chef Wong]“Wake Up” with Preservation Hall Jazz Band[Video: Hellspawn 3000]Post-Show Second Line Photo: Joe Russo Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Joe Russo Arcade Fire | Madison Square Garden | New York, NYC | 9/12/2017 | Photo: Joe Russocenter_img [Videos: Anson Kendall] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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