ARCADE FIRE – ” Live At Lollapalooza ” August 6th 2017

Posted: August 8, 2017 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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Arcade Fire once again proved to be one of the ultimate festival headliners with a towering, career-spanning set to close out Lollapalooza Festival .  From Funeral to Everything Now, the Canadian rockers took Grant Park on a journey. Arcade Fire aren’t capable of putting on a live show without absolute passion and sincerity, and that glowed like a golden aura at their Lollapalooza-closing set. There’s an intoxicating density to their new songs.

This live experience feels like a never-ending fever dream of sing-along beauty, aided by the dozens of pastel balloons at the crowd’s front bouncing like popping corn. For continuous minutes at a time, restless keyboardist Will Butler, soulful violinist Sarah Neufeld, and passionate multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry would glide into sound worlds of their own provision, and slowly morph, as if on an evolutionary timeline. Their best moments, like “No Cars Go“ and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)“, steadily swell and collapse, shove and soar. By stretching songs past their usual time, they manage to shift one’s very sense of progression, where small changes in tone or volume or speed suddenly feel emphatic.

Arcade Fire // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The setlist brimmed with a flood of favorites from each album in the band’s catalog. A pulsating dose of Funeral songs led to sing-alongs; a couple apiece of Neon Bible and The Suburbs songs .
Along with material from their new record Everything Now, the band touched on every era of their career with many of their classic songs anchoring the set along with a special closing cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games” featuring snippets of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and their own anthem “Wake Up.” 

All of the Arcade Fire hallmarks appeared at some point during the night ,violin lines, bent bass that could split the ground; hyperactive percussion that could crack at any second; soaring sing-alongs. The main set ended on the always explosive “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”, leaving only one song to remain: “Wake Up”. When the band returned for an encore after a brief break, the ultimate indie rock anthem that followed was predictable but as effective as ever.

Arcade Fire’s full Lollapalooza headline set. Live from the Grant Park stage in Grant Park, Chicago, IL, USA. August 6th, 2017.

Setlist:
00:00:06 Everything Now (Continued) – intro
00:02:05 Everything Now
00:07:19 Rebellion (Lies)
00:12:31 Here Comes the Night Time
00:19:46 Signs of Life
00:25:17 Electric Blue
00:29:41 No Cars Go
00:36:03 Keep the Car Running
00:40:37 The Suburbs – dedicated to David Bowie
00:45:47 The Suburbs (Continued)
00:47:04 Ready to Start
00:51:39 Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
00:56:47 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
01:02:40 Reflektor
01:09:49 Afterlife – with snippet of New Order’s 01:14:46 “Temptation”
01:15:23 Creature Comfort
01:21:09 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
01:28:05 -encore break-
Encore:
01:29:37 Wake Up
01:35:54 Mind Games – John Lennon cover, with snippets from Radiohead’s 01:40:59 “Karma Police”, David Bowie’s 01:41:26 “Oh! You Pretty Things”, and Arcade Fire’s own 01:42:35 “Wake Up”.

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