Last night indie-rock royalty Arcade Fire made their stop at the Chaifetz Arena in St Louis as part of their huge Reflektor tour. A spring storm was threatening to brew when I got to the gates around 6PM, but the real storm is to be found inside and it is just about to start.
I knew coming in to the show that things would be awesomely weird in the most Arcade Fire-ish way possible when I saw people with big papier-mache heads of the Pope and Obama among others when I got in. And things definitely heated up once the band took the stage. Win Butler, Regine Chassagne and the rest of the Arcade Fire crew basically hosted and played one huge dance and it was one full night of just endless dancing.
The songs from Reflektor just lend themselves so well for dancing in a live setting and Arcade Fire brought the shiny lights and the mirrors and LED screens and even the mirror man to set up the mood perfectly. The band did make sure to sprinkle in all their hits from their earlier records and it’s surprising how well they blended in with the new songs. But the Reflektor songs were the undeniable highlights for me. And when the band closed the show with the four-way punch of Super Symmetry – It’s Never Over – Afterlife – Sprawl II (the first two of which beautifully stationed Win and Regine on opposite ends of the arena), well the night just seemed so perfect. The icing was when Arcade Fire came out for the encore and channeled their inner Chuck Berry and played the St Louis-born rock and roll legend’s Roll Over Beethoven. This was one of the best shows I’ve seen in my life, even better than the previous Arcade Fire show I’ve seen for the Suburbs tour. An all too memorable night.
Merrill Garbus and her tUnE-yArDs persona opened the show in anticipation of her newest record release Nikki Nack. And with her band’s joyous tribal chanting and costuming, it serves as the perfect bite-sized intro for the spectacle that is Arcade Fire ahead.
Watch photos from the show below, as well as live recordings of tUnE-yArDs playing her newest single Water Fountain and Arcade Fire opening their show with Here Comes The Night Time, the latter of which is one of my favorite videos that I ever recorded.