Arcade Fire at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 4/9/2014
That leaves us with the encore. Today most people are probably talking about the procession that closed out last song "Wake Up": the band led a lengthy parade around the Pavilion's covered seating area, and ending up in an acoustic circle by a pillar near one of the video screens. They might still be playing for all I know, but the most striking moment of the whole concert was the first song, "Normal Person."
During this lethal Some Girls-meets-Nevermind rocker a bunch of people in plastic Krofft-like masks crowded the stage, including someone in a Hakeem Olajuwon jersey, while someone else wore a TV on his head broadcasting images of both Rick Perry and George W. Bush.
It may not have made a lick of sense (Republicans are Talking Heads?), but it sure was fun. Maybe for their next act, Arcade Fire can get legitimately weird.
The Crowd: Knew every syllable to "Wake Up." Some interesting masks besides the ones onstage.
Overheard In the Crowd: While we were being showered with confetti and the band was still onstage during "Wake Up," a stranger grabbed my notebook and wrote this charming verse. (I hate that shit.)
Your breath is like a fart
Wet and cruel
But in my heart I love it
It makes me feel...cool
Random Notebook Dump: I bet Bill Clinton likes Arcade Fire more than Barack Obama does.
Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)
Joan of Arc
Ready to Start
Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)
No Cars Go
Neighborhood 2 (Laika)
My Body Is a Cage (briefly)
It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
Sprawl 2 (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Heart of Glass (Blondie cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
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