Over two years ago at Webster Hall, I received my first communion with Arcade Fire. Since that night, I have trod a path filled with many nights of good and not so good music. Tonight, my faith in exemplary live music was restored. Tonight, at Reverend Ike's United Palace, we got the gospel according to Win Butler, Regine Chassagne & Co. as they played to a crowd that made little use of their assigned seats. People streamed down the aisles hoping to catch a better glimpse of the mighty little Canadian ensemble that could bring one to tears. Many were willing to sell their souls for an opportunity to hear the electrifying Arcade Fire, and the band did not disappoint.
For about ninety minutes, we bore witness to music that made us rise to our feet and stomp and clap in unison. We sang along and made the air buzz with a joy that is rarely felt at concerts. We loved the new songs from Neon Bible but devoured the stuff from Funeral. When Win jumped into the crowd for "Rebellion (Lies)" as seen below, if he had walked straight down the center aisle and out the doors of the theatre, he could have easily had a few thousand people following him through the streets of Washington Heights.
So friggin' awesome! I am inspired to search for tickets to Wednesday's show at Radio City now.
PS -- Spotted Martha Plimpton of Goonies fame sitting about 5 rows behind me. Thrilling!