As many of You Already Know (see what I did there?), yesterday I've been to the Arcade Fire gig at the Castello Scaligero in Villafranca di Verona. Needless to say, they put on an incredible show. I was also pleasantly surprised by the opening act Antibalas, an afrobeat collective based in Brooklyn, NYC. Antibalas' long-time tenor saxophonist, Stuart Bogie, has been touring with Arcade Fire from the beginning of the Reflektor Tour.
I've uploaded some of the short videos I've shot at the show on YouTube. Check them out here:
Arcade Fire kicked off the set with the usual Reflektor / Flashbulb Eyes / Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) / Rebellion (Lies) / Joan of Arc sequence, then proceeded to play the classic The Suburbs / The Suburbs (Continued) / Ready To Start. After a staggering performance of their latest single We Exist, the band surprised us by playing the fan-favorite We Used To Wait. Two songs from their sophomore album Neon Bible followed, Keep The Car Running and No Cars Go; they had the whole audience jumping around and singing. Then the band performed Haïti, one of the gems off their debut album Funeral; Régine was absolutely fabulous during the performance. The lights dimmed down and the soundsystem went silent as Win Butler began singing My Body Is A Cage. Fans chanted the song's lyrics, hoping that the band would play the full song, but right before the epic "drop", the Haitian conga players started to set the rhythm for Afterlife. The "Mirror Man" walked up on the B-stage and Arcade Fire executed a fantastic performance of their second single off Reflektor. Then Régine climbed up on the B-stage and Tim played the memorable riffs of It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus). After the deeply emotional performance of one the most appreciated songs on Reflektor's second disc, Régine cheered us up with the wonderful Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). After a brief break, Win Butler got back on to the stage dressed up as the Pope. After the fake performance of a church song, the band kicked off Here Comes The Night Time. An incredible amount of confetti were in the air, and everybody was dancing to the rara-inspired song. Then came Normal Person and finally the classic set closer Wake Up. Just as Richard started beating the massive drum to start off the song, raindrops started to fall. Nobody cared about the rain and proceeded to sing the Arcade Fire classic at the top of their voice.
It was the best concert of my life. I can't wait to see Arcade Fire again.
All of the pictures were shot and edited on my iPhone 4S.