Is there a word for trifecta, but for a group of four? Okay so it’s called a “superfecta” and apparently both words have to do with horse racing. Who knew? Anyway, as of Tuesday night I have hit the concert superfecta. I have seen all four of my favorite (current) bands live. Last year I was lucky enough to see Florence + the Machine, Bon Iver, and what was the best concert of my young life: Mumford and Sons. Two short days ago, my list was complete when I saw Arcade Fire at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.
My favorite part of the Reflecktor Tour was the fact that the band asked attendees to dress either formally or in costume for the concert. I love any excuse to dress up. There were so many great outfits too; it didn’t matter that my friend and I arrived over two hours before the doors even opened because I was enjoying people watching way too much. There was a guy dressed as Waldo. The Ronald McDonald Gang. Lots of different kinds of masks. Two guys wearing t-shirts under suit jackets, one that said “Normal Person” and the other that said “How Do You Do?” My personal favorite was an elderly couple wearing suit jackets with pieces of mirrors glued all over them. I hope to be that cool when I get older. Some people were dressed as if they had just come from work-which they probably had. It was a very eclectic crowd.
Plus, before the concert started there was so much to do. Besides the usual food and drinks and merchandise, there was also a photo booth where you could take a picture (see mine below) and make a donation to the charity the band supports, Partners in Health. A dollar from every ticket sold also went to the organization. Win announced during the concert that the money was being used to re-build a teaching hospital in Haiti since the previous one had been destroyed during the earthquake, killing most of the students inside.
The two opening acts for this first leg of the Reflektor Tour were Kid Koala and Dan Deacon. Both were DJ acts that served to hype up the crowd before Arcade Fire made their appearance. Kid Koala was especially cool to watch because he actually used turn tables rather than a laptop. And yes, he was dressed like a Koala. During Deacon’s performance the people in the general admission standing area (aka not me) were encouraged to have a dance off while we watched from the bleachers. The music was mostly electric and fun, but since I was sitting removed from the general audience there was a sense of disconnect. I watched rather than participated, but still enjoyed myself.
Arcade Fire came onto the stage at around 8:45 pm and opened with the single and title track of their album, “Reflektor.” It is incredible how they sound live, I could not get over the fact that they sounded EXACTLY like the CD I had listened to so many times including my drive to Connecticut. Sometimes just listening to their polished, multi-instrumental, multilingual music you forget that at their core Arcade Fire is a rock band. And man can they rock. Win Bulter and co. played almost nine songs without pausing in between to talk. I love concerts where the band doesn’t try to ask, “Are you having a good time?” or “Make some noise!” We were there for the music and that is what we got. And while I loved and enjoyed every minute of the concert, I will have to say that it did not come close to seeing Mumford and Sons last year. That concert will remain my favorite of all time, and will be pretty impossible to top. Mumford and Sons have spoiled me in that way because attending one of their concerts is an almost religious experience full of love and joy. Arcade Fire was a rollicking, fun, dancey time, but it did not change my life in quite the same way and it is completely no fault of theirs.
The music was incredible and the new album fit the large stadium setting just right. Win Bulter wasn’t afraid to use every single inch of the stage, whether he was climbing on speakers or hitting a drum against the floor. Régine Chassagne was a ball of energy, running back and forth between stages, jumping between instruments and dancing with streamers. I cannot image how they keep up the same intensity night after night. Sarah Neufeld was particularly wonderful on the violin, bringing a haunting, romantic sound to the songs. I was sad they didn’t play”Porno,” which is my favorite song from the Reflektor. I did love the performance of “It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)” because Régine sang her part on a separate stage with a person in a skeleton costume dancing behind her; the distance from Win and the creepy figure amplified the meaning of the song. The band’s final song was “Wake Up” and if you haven’t experienced it, there are really few words to explain the feeling of belting out one of your favorite songs alongside thousands of others doing the same (while confetti falls from the sky).
- Flash Bulb Eyes
- Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
- Rebellion (Lies)
- Joan of Arc
- The Suburbs
- Ready to Start
- Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
- We Exist (Which Win said was about a gay son talking to his father. I had no idea, but it makes sense when you listen to the lyrics)
- No Cars Go
- It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
- Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
- Your Body Is a Wonderland (pretend)
- Normal Person
- I have no idea, but I think it was a cover
- Here Comes the Nighttime
- Wake Up
- I apologize for the pretty terrible pictures. I forgot my camera at home and only had my phone.
- The band really missed a prime opportunity to call this the ReflekTOUR
- This is my 50th post! Thanks for reading everyone!