Bonnaroo Day 2: Arcade Fire…Know Them Better Man!

Photo via stereogum.com (Arcade Fire @ Roo '11)

“I’d just like to say that my brother and I grew up in Houston, Texas and it’s really fucking nice to feel the proper humidity again.” expressed Win Butler, front-man of the world renown Art-Rock outfit Arcade Fire.  “I know it’s a pain in the ass but Summer should properly be very hot and very humid.  So drink a lot of water, but trust me, it’s pretty nice.”

Butler led an Arcade Fire set of epic proportions full of revealing moments such as this, the leader of this 8-piece musical collective spilling bits of his personality onto the audience through the massive machine-gun clip speaker systems protruding from both sides of the the What Stage, welcoming the congregation of of 60,000+ patrons to know him better.

Read further to download Arcade Fire’s entire live set from Roo ’11

After a while of listening to the artist’s banter between tracks one truly acquired a knowledge of this act’s sincerity and intimacy.  When Butler announced to the mass of music lovers that “We are very happy to finally fucking be here” before charging into the Neon Bible classic ‘Keep The Car Running.’  “We’re so happy!” you believed him.

When he said “This next song is about a place that’s very dear to our heart,” speaking of “Haiti,” a track off the band’s award winning and renown 2010 release The Suburbs.  “Shit is pretty fucked up there but they’re carrying on,” you could tell he was speaking from the heart.

And when the outfit returned to the planks for an encore featuring the group’s first big hit “Wake Up” and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” prompting the primary songwriter to reveal “We wrote these next songs for rooms of 20 people, so its taken some getting used to to play it to a giant fucking field of people,” one shared Butler’s feeling of uncertainty and nervous excitement.

“But it’s something that we appreciate so much,” Butler continued in closing, “everyone coming to see us and supporting us over the years.  We’ll never take it for granted…”

…Butler’s sincerity makes me believe he might just be telling the truth.

Arcade Fire Setlist:

  1. Ready To Start
  2. Keep The Car Running
  3. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
  4. No Cars Go
  5. City With No Children
  6. Rococo
  7. Haiti
  8. Intervention
  9. The Suburbs
  10. The Suburbs (Continued)
  11. Month Of May
  12. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
  13. We Used To Wait
  14. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
  15. Rebellion (Lies)
  16. Wake Up [Encore]
  17. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) [Encore]
Arcade Fire’s Live Set From Bonnaroo ’11:



About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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One Response to Bonnaroo Day 2: Arcade Fire…Know Them Better Man!

  1. i enjoyed this very much

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