If you were one of the many Arcade Fire fans not lucky enough to grab tickets to one of the band’s Massey Hall shows on May 15 and 16, we can but offer two paltry consolation prizes.
The first, above, is a brilliant video by La Blogotheque/Take Away Shows, of the band at their March 19 show in Paris. It is, far and away, the best concert footage that we’ve ever seen of the band. We won’t spoil it, but it involves two very different Arcade Fire songs sung in two very different settings. (Filmmaker Vincent Moon has a ton of other great videos on La Blogotheque in the same vein, including The National (about whom Moon is actually working on a film), The Shins, Okkervil River, Jens Lekman, etc.) If Toronto’s shows are anything like Paris’s, well, we’ll probably lose our shit. In an interview with Pitchfork just posted today, Win Butler discounts the idea that we should expect his band to match their Parisian antics: “At our shows,” he told Pitchfork, “we used to play in the crowd. We did it a few times. But then there was a palpable sense that we were supposed to come play in the crowd—fuck that. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t. It depends on the moment. But you start to feel like you owe them, like this is what you’re supposed to do. Well, we won’t do that anymore, then.” Damn you, Butler!
The second consolation prize is that Torontoist will be at Massey Hall on Tuesday, and we’ll have a review after the show. If you are one the lucky ones attending, we’ll see you there (and send us any pics or videos that you take at the show so that we can include them in our post!). If you’re still looking to score some tickets, we recommend Craigslist…just be ready to lose at least $100 worth of weight in your wallet.