ARCADE FIRE CONTINUE THEIR IN THE ROUND ‘INFINITE CONTENT’ TOUR IN HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURN TO GLASGOW
Less than a year since their last visit at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, Arcade Fire make a return to the other capital of Scotland: the music capital Glasgow to play the cavernous SSE Hydro, a massive cathedral of music fast becoming the premier place to play in Scotland.
Arcade Fire’s boxing ring stage, installed in the middle of the audience is surely a counterpunch aimed squarely at some of the low blows dealt by critics of their recent album Everything Now. The show begins with the band making their way through the crowd towards the ring, high-fiving fans on the way, whilst their wrestling profiles are laid out on the imposing screens above. As the band arrive in the ring, its clear that the first jab is going to come in the form of the already instant classic title track from Everything Now. Without pulling any punches, the band move straight onto the unmistakable thumping intro of ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, delivered with an intensity that is carried on throughout the entire set.
The relentless pace of the opening round is interrupted after the glittering ‘Electric Blue’ by the introduction of special guest Jim Kerr, from Simple Minds. The audience responds warmly to a cover of their classic track ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ before it’s back to the bread and butter classic; ‘Keep the Car Running’.
Arcade Fire have recently had a reputation for confiscating mobile phones from fans at the front of their gigs. But conversely tonight, fans were invited via the big screens to switch on their camera lights for ‘My Body is a Cage’, before the band proceeded to enrapture the audience with the opening track from their first album, ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’.