LCD Soundsystem beat volcanoes and technical issues to kick off UK tour

James Murphy and co play first song twice as they play London

LCD Soundsystem finally kicked off their European tour tonight (April 23), though had to overcome a false start as they hit the road.

The band had been due to play Dublin earlier in the week, but scrapped the dates due to volcanic ash from Iceland closing airspace in Northern Europe.

Instead the band flew to Spain, just before air travel to the UK resumed, and drove to London for the show at the O2 Academy Brixton.


However before they could kick things off properly, they were met with a technical hitch, which saw them play their opening song twice.

Opening with ‘Us V Them’, no keyboards could be heard the first time they played the song.

“We’re all friends here,” James Murphy told the crowd as he explained they were going to do the song again, before launching into a second superior version of the ‘Sound Of Silver’ track.

“This is what you get when you have old shit onstage,” he later joked of the technical problems before adding, “and I’m not talking about the band.”

Though previewing a few tracks from their forthcoming third album ‘This Is Happening’, Murphy later revealed why he wasn’t saturating the set with new songs.

“We’re not playing an enormous amount of new songs because theoretically our record isn’t out and I hate it when bands play only their new record,” he declared, limiting the previews to ‘Pow Pow’, ‘Drunk Girls’ and ‘I Can Change’.


Instead the group stuck to a series of crowd favourites, ending with an encore that included ‘Someone Great’, ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ and closer ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’, which saw them drop white balloons onto the crowd.

LCD Soundsystem played:

‘Us V Them’ (x2)
‘Yr City’s A Sucker’
‘Pow Pow’
‘Losing My Edge’
‘Drunk Girls’
‘All My Friends’
‘I Can Change’
‘Yeah (Crass Version)’
‘Someone Great’
‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’
‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’