Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry also played with the band
The National performed live earlier this weekend (March 13) at the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The event, set up by the band’s Bryce Dessner, stood as the group’s first live outing of 2015. They were joined by both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Arcade Fire‘s Richard Reed Parry, who stood in for guitarist Aaron Dessner whose wife is expecting a baby.
Watch their performances of ‘High Violet’ tracks ‘Runaway’ and ‘England’ below.
Meanwhile, The National’s Aaron Dessner recently helped produce the new Mumford & Sons album ‘Wilder Mind’.
The album was partly written at Dessner’s garage studios in Brooklyn, New York. Speaking to NME recently, Ben Lovett said: “We met Aaron touring around, just on the circuit. We’ve been huge fans of The National for ages. All of us, individually have got a very personal attachment to their music. We ended up being complete super fans. After meeting Aaron said: ‘Come to my garage in Brooklyn and we’ll make some music’. It was quite innocent really.”
The National also paid tribute to recently closed London venue Buffalo Bar during their final ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ gig.
“It was 12 or maybe 13 years ago that we first played in London,” said frontman Matt Berninger early on in the set. “We’re surprised we’re here… It’s a massive honour to do this kind of show for you guys. London has been our second home.”