Arcade Fire showcase 'The Suburbs' at London comeback

Frontman Win Butler tries out his 'banter' ahead of Reading And Leeds Festivals headline appearances

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Arcade Fire played their first London gig in three years tonight (July 7) – with frontman Win Butler trying out his "banter" ahead of the band's forthcoming headline appearances at the Reading And Leeds Festivals.

The Canadian band aired material from their upcoming new album 'The Suburbs' at Hackney Empire, the first time they had performed in the UK capital since their Alexandra Palace shows in November 2007.

Win Butler has previously told NME that their current tour is a "boot camp" for their new songs, ahead of a summer of festival appearences.

During the 18-song set Butler teased the crowd, whom he had stagedived into earlier, about the England football team's recent exit from the World Cup.

"I hear England have a really good chance," he said, despite their exit from the tournament 10 days ago (June 27), after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the last 16.

After a chorus of boos, Butler protested: "We're just practising banter for Reading and Leeds!"

Watched by the likes of Florence Welch and comedian Mathew Horne, the group began with two new songs – 'Ready To Start' and 'Modern Man' – and aired another six over the course of the evening. They were 'Empty Room', 'Rococo', 'Suburban War', 'We Used To Wait' and both sides of their recent limited-edition single, 'Month Of May' and the new album's title track.

The band also played a host of old classics, including 'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)' and Rebellion (Lies)', as well as a rare outing for 2005 full-length debut album 'Funeral''s 'Crown Of Love'.

Arcade Fire played:

'Ready To Start'
'Modern Man'
'Neighborhood #2 (Laika)'
'No Cars Go'
'Empty Room'
'The Suburbs'
'Suburban War'
'We Used To Wait'
'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)'
'Rebellion (Lies)'
'Month Of May'
'Crown Of Love'
'Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)'
'Keep The Car Running'
'Wake Up'

Arcade Fire are set appear at this weekend's Oxegen festival in Ireland this weekend (July 9-11), and will headline this year's Reading And Leeds Festivals in August.

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