Interpol kick off ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ anniversary tour

The band roll into the UK in a few weeks

Interpol have kicked off their long-awaited anniversary tour of their seminal debut album, ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’.

The NYC trio are currently on the road to celebrate 15 years of their acclaimed 2002 debut, kicking off the run of dates in August last week. See footage from the shows so far below.

The shows began at the Palác Lucerna Velký Sál in Prague, Czech Republic, where their set began by performing the album in full – outing the tracks ‘Roland’ and ‘Obstacle 2’ for the first time since 2002, and the first time without founding bassist Carlos Dengler. They then returned for an encore of choice cuts from ‘Antics’, ‘Our Love To Admire’, their self-titled record ‘El Pintor’, before closing with the fan favourite of early rarity ‘The Specialist’ – played for the first time since 2011.

Their subsequent show in Vienna looked set to follow suit, before being abandoned due to a thunderstorm. The following festival shows across Europe featured the same tracks, albeit in a different order – often starting with songs from their latter albums before running into the entirety of ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’.

Interpol’s Prague setlist was:

Untitled
Obstacle 1
NYC
PDA
Say Hello to the Angels
Hands Away
Obstacle 2
Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down
Roland
The New
Leif Erikson
Encore:
Slow Hands
Evil
Lights
Take You on a Cruise
Not Even Jail
All the Rage Back Home
The Heinrich Maneuver
Encore 2:
Specialist

‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ was named one of NME‘s top albums of 2002. It has since gone on to sell over 1million copies worldwide. In 2012, the band released a special edition reissue of the record to mark its 10th anniversary.

Speaking out about why former bassist Carlos D was not part of the tour, frontman Paul Banks said: “There has not been any discussion.

“I don’t think it’s likely that he’s going to reach out. I really think Carlos is doing his own thing now. I understand why people would be interested in that, but the reality is, the social dynamic … is that I don’t have any contact with Carlos.”

Interpol’s remaining 2017 European and UK tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

August 16 – Munich, DE – Muffathalle
August 19 – Luxembourg, LU – Den Atelier
August 20 – St. Malo, FR – La Route Du Rock
August 22 – Asolo, IT – AMA Music Festival
August 23 – Milan, IT – Carroponte
August 27 – Copenhagen, DK – The Koncerthuset
August 29 – Tilburg, NL – 013
August 30 – Groningen, NL – Oosterpoort
September 1 – London, UK – Alexandra Palace
September 3 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
September 5 – Paris, FR – Le Trianon
September 9 – Spain, ES – DCode Festival
September 23 – New York, US – Forest Hills Stadium
September 30 – Los Angeles, US – LA State Historic Park
October 17, 18 – Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Centre WTC