Arcade Fire Kicks Off U.S. Run With Explosive Madison Square Garden Show: Live Recap
publish date: 2017-09-13
The album rollout for Arcade Fire’s latest project, Everything Now, was anything but ordinary. From fake album reviews posted by the band itself to outrageously priced fidget spinners that doubled as USB drives, the indie rockers continued to come out with wacky (and at times confusing) promotional stunts.
The band’s United States kick-off show at New York’s Madison Square Garden (Sept. 12) proved to be just as outlandish. Arcade Fire performed on a square stage centered in the middle of the floor (leaving no backstage of any kind) that had a spinning circular platform in the middle. The stage was littered with platforms that brothers Win and Will Butler jumped on and off, as if they were on a playground rather than a main stage. In between each song, the never-ending instrumentals vibrated throughout the stadium, serving as a universal pulse. Two large disco balls acted as bookends to the stage, while four vertical banners that bared the Everything Now logo sporadically descended to shoot out rainbow-colored lights.