Recap: Arcade Fire – 2016/07/22 – Panorama, New York

Arcade Fire celebrate David Bowie in the city that became so synonymous with the starman – New York.

Arcade Fire – 2016/07/22 – Panorama, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY, United States.

The band
Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Will Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, Richard Reed Parry. Touring musicians: Sarah Neufeld and Owen Pallett (violin/keys). Matt Bauder, and Stuart Bogie (brass/horns). Diol Edmond, and Tiwill Duprate (percussion).


Setlist: Arcade Fire – 2016/07/22 –  Panorama, Randall's Island Park, New York, NY, United States

Setlist: Arcade Fire – 2016/07/22 – Panorama, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY, United States

Setlist break-down
01. Ready to Start
02. The Suburbs
03. The Suburbs (Continued)
04. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
05. Reflektor
06. Afterlife
07. We Exist
08. Normal Person
09. Keep the Car Running
10. Intervention
11. My Body Is a Cage
12. We Used to Wait
13. No Cars Go
14. Haïti
15. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
16. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
17. Rebellion (Lies)
18. Here Comes the Night Time
19. Wake Up – with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Parade/Second line songs: The “Wake Up” chorus, “Rebel Rebel” (David Bowie), “Suffragette City” (David Bowie), and “Heroes” (David Bowie).
Setlist info: No encore break.

Set length
105 minutes. 21:15-23:00 local time. Followed by a 30-minute parade through the crowd.

Yet another special night! Arcade Fire used their headline set at Panorama in New York City to celebrate their friend and collaborator David Bowie. Bowie who of course lived in New York and became synonymous with the city. First the band showed photos on the big screens during Reflektor of Bowie throughout the years.

Then before the band closed out the night with “Wake Up” Win Butler told the crowd that New York is where the band met Bowie and that it still hurts every day he’s not with us any more.

The big celebration of Bowie kicked off as the band was joined on stage by Preservation Hall Jazz Band towards the end of “Wake Up”, when they had finished the song on stage they carried on playing the wordless Wake Up chorus while parading/two lining into the crowd. This was followed by David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”, “Suffragette City”, and “Heroes”. Lovely pro-shot footage: So great!

The band ended up in front of a big screen displaying David Bowie and this brilliant photo was snapped.

Credit: Jackie Lee

Credit: Jackie Lee

Outside of the big Bowie celebrations Win Butler took the opportunity right before Intervention to blast Trump, “Donald fucking Trump will NEVER be the fucking President of the United States!”. He then collected himself and told a story about Régine’s dad struggling to become a US citizen. “I just wanna say that Régine’s father came from Haiti during the Duvalier dictatorship, that the US was supporting at the time, and when he got to the US in order to get into the country he had to go fight in Vietnam. He fought for the US in Vietnam with a Haitian passport. There’s a lot of fucking empty patriotic talk, but… we have to fucking stick together.” Amen.

Wonderful night by all accounts and made even more memorable by the David Bowie celebrations.

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