Arcade Fire played a surprise show in New York last night (14 March).
The Canadians were in town to do a live Q&A with director Spike Jonze at the Gramercy Theatre, as part of Spotify’s ‘Fans First’ series.
They used the occasion to premiere their ‘Money + Love’ double video – for ‘Everything Now‘ tracks, ‘Put Your Money On Me’ and ‘We Don’t Deserve Love’ – but after the Q&A and screening, the band took to the stage to play a surprise 15-song set.
Billboard reports that: “As the film comes to a close and the end credits roll, the music to ‘Everything Now’ suddenly booms out from the speakers. It was all too clear what would come next. The curtain drops, and there stands Arcade Fire in all its live glory.
“The band dove into ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ next, which prompted Jonze and Wilson to enthusiastically dance around on stage.”
Check out those incredible moves:
— Lyndsey Havens (@LyndseyAlana) March 15, 2018
Fans seemed pretty glad they went:
Fun surprise in NYC pic.twitter.com/uvDypHwne4
— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) March 15, 2018
The band played fan favourite ‘(Antichrist Television Blues)’, which was their first live performance of it since 2008.
They finished with an encore of a cover of John Lennon‘s ‘Mind Games’, which included snippets from Radiohead‘s ‘Karma Police’ and David Bowie‘s ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ before ending with ‘Wake Up’, from 2004 LP, ‘Funeral’.
Arcade Fire’s Gramercy Theatre setlist was:
- Everything Now
- Rebellion (Lies)
- Headlights Look Like Diamonds
Keep the Car Running
(Antichrist Television Blues)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Put Your Money on Me
We Don’t Deserve Love
Everything Now (Continued)
Mind Games (John Lennon cover) (w/ Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’ and David Bowie’s ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ snippets)
Arcade Fire are sticking around NYC to perform as the musical guests on ‘Saturday Night Live’ on March 17.
They’re set to release their first EP on vinyl for Record Store Day in April – check out the full list of Record Store Day releases here.