Arcade Fire pull out all the stops in LA

Canadians sell out two nights at the Greek Theatre

Arcade Fire played the first of two sold-out shows at Los Angeles‘ Greek Theatre last night (May 29).

The Canadians were in top form, swapping instruments, wailing on symbols and throwing drums and tambourines in the air during their typically energetic set.

“It’s hard to resist making bad puns like ‘Let’s burn this fucking place to the ground,'” quipped frontman Win Butler, referring to the massive Griffith Park fire that nearly burnt down the outdoor amphitheatre, leaving it closed until recently.

Kicking off their hour-and-a-half set with ‘Black Mirror’, the 10-piece band ran through several tracks from their most recent album, ‘Neon Bible’, as well as old favourites from their debut album ‘Funeral’.

The crowd erupted during Regine Chassagne‘s emotional delivery of ‘Haiti’, and shouted the lyrics along with Butler during several tracks, including ‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’ and ‘Wake Up’.

The band closed out the night with an impressive two-song encore. During ‘My Body Is A Cage’, a ghostlike image of Butler‘s face was projected onto a cardboard cut-out of the singer at the front of the stage.

“I like to call him Win2-D2, but I’m open to suggestions,” joked Butler before closing out the night with the rousing ‘Wake Up’.

They played:

‘Black Mirror’

‘No Cars Go’


‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’

‘Neon Bible’

‘In The Backseat’


‘(Antichrist Television Blues)’

‘Ocean Of Noise’

‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’

‘The Well And The Lighthouse’

‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’

‘Rebellion (Lies)’

‘Keep The Car Running’

‘My Body Is A Cage’

‘Wake Up’

Arcade Fire play their second and final show at the Greek Theatre tonight (May 30).

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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