Photos: Arcade Fire @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philly 8/2/10

Photo by Eric Tsurumoto

I was interested to see how Arcade Fire would perform in the arena-sized venue and this being their last big show before their webcast planned during their Madison Square Garden show. But pretty soon after they took the stage a few things were rather evident. First, they seemed rested and ready to perform and tour again. Secondly, their stage set up and sound was more complicated than ever. Finally, they may have not been formed with the intention to play stadium sized crowds, but they sure have ability to.

The set shifted incredibly well between all three of their albums, along with a very well done cover version of Jay Reatard’s “Oh It’s Such a Shame”. But the night was all about The Suburbs. Being that it was the night before the album was set to drop, their new songs hit hard and surprisingly well with the crowd. But nothing hit better than their final song, “Wake Up;” it had an already singing crowd chanting louder. I have never heard a stadium so enthusiastic. Throughout the show, every song (even the new, yet to be released ones) had people singing along to the chorus.

If the Madison Square Garden webcast shows even a small glimpse of what I got to witness, then the internet is in for a treat.

I have never felt like a artist or even a photographer, I feel more like a person who sees the need to photograph his life. Still Frames can be uniting forces of emotion, and I feel music photography can be almost a bigger voice than the actual arist. My love of music and a DSLR has brought me to some pretty amazing places. In my first year alone I found myself hanging out in a tent next to the Avett brothers, shaking hands with Chromeo and having Win Butlers sweat fly into my eyes while he belts out the opening lyrics to Wake up. But my true goal is not to have a almost famous moment, but to capture what I see in these artists hoping that future viewers can be inspired to listen and fall in love with the artist the same way as I did.
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    best performance