Muruch’s Chicago reviewer Chelle and photographer Jen “Coble” Hopper caught Arcade Fire’s April 25th show at UIC Pavilion. Chelle’s review and Coble’s photographs follow…
Chicago was fortunate enough to host Grammy-award winners Arcade Fire for three sold-out nights over Easter weekend. Monday marked their final show at the moderately-sized arena UIC Pavilion.
Amidst a backdrop comprised of an old theater marquee, a large movie screen, and trails of flag garland, the band powered through their set with all of the instrument-switching musical chairs one would expect, but in a way that kept their transitions smooth and tidy.
The setlist was heavy on offerings from their most recent album The Suburbs, including the driving “Month of May,” the hollow and brooding “Rococo” and the reflective, nostalgic title track, each with its own visual accompaniment on the background screen.
Selections from their debut album, Funeral, garnered equal excitement and response from the enthusiastic crowd, especially “Rebellion (Lies),” “Laika” and “Haiti” — for which the band was promoting a fundraising endeavor for the organization Partners in Health. “Wake Up” had all hands reaching to the sky, and the catchy chorus echoing into the rafters, ultimately calling the band back for the encore.
Seeing Arcade Fire perform so brilliantly to such a huge crowd begs the question of how they ever managed to contain their energy within tinier venues; they are definitely an outfit who have grown entirely into their own and achieved comfort with the vastness of their success.
The absolute star of the operation, however, is Régine Chassagne, whose swirling dust sparkle jet stream is the perfect counterweight to Win Butler’s lanky stoicism. A Stevie Nicks for current times with a bit of Björk thrown in, it would be no surprise and in fact a delight if one day she branches out to create a solo record.
Until then, Arcade Fire have more than enough fuel to keep driving their earnest theatrics full throttle, arena to suburban arena.
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