Live Reviews

Review: Arcade Fire at The Greek Theatre, Berkeley

On September 21, Arcade Fire brought their Everything Now Continued tour to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California for a sold-out show.

Starting off the show was Grizzly Bear. They did a great job of warming up the crowd. Everyone in the audience seemed to be responding well to them. Even with their music being on the slower side everyone in the general admission pit seemed to be moving along to it.

It was only a short wait it was time for Arcade Fire to hit the stage. They broke their set into two halves. The first half they played their first album Funeral in its entirety. They set started off with a bang from the minute they came out, they had fake snow blowing everywhere so it looked very cool. During ‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’, Will Butler and Richard Parry started climbing and drumming on the scaffolding and it was only the second song into the set. Fans were going crazy jumping and singing as loud as they could for ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’, ‘Wake Up’, and ‘Rebellion (Lies)’. That’s when I knew it was going to be a great show.

After the band finished the first half of their set they went to change into their Everything Now gear and played their regular set. The whole band played with so much heart and passion it made the show even that much more enjoyable to watch. There were so many different elements to their show it made it unique to any other performance I’ve seen before.

Some of the best parts of the show included when they performed ‘The Suburbs’, everyone in the crowd held up their phone light and it lit up the venue making it very pretty. Also, when different members of the band would jump down into the crowd, the crowd would get excited. During ‘Electric Blue’ band member Regine Chassagne did a captivating performance with dancers. There was also a point where she went to the top of the venue near the grass area and danced with fans while walking back to the stage. Chassagne had a fantastic stage presence.

The band ended their set by playing ‘Everything Now’ and it immediately turned into one big dance party. Towards the ending of the song Butler had the crowd singing along and it left him smiling from ear to ear with how loud the crowd was.

All together it was a wonderful show. Arcade Fire know how to put on a quality show. I would recommend anyone who hasn’t seen them live to do so, you won’t be disappointed.

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