Arcade Fire Debuts New Songs, Announces Brief U.S. Tour

Arcade Fire Debuts New Songs, Announces Brief U.S. Tour

Canada’s best independent rock band, Arcade Fire, recently unveiled several songs from their forthcoming LP at a live show as well as announced plans for a six-date U.S. tour.

The intimate performance took place June 7, 2010 at the Granada Theatre in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The gig was the band’s first “official public” concert in more than three years.

The 1,200 fans bought tickets to hear Arcade Fire play new material from their upcoming third studio album, The Suburbs, set to drop Aug. 3.

The new tunes were part of a 16-song set that finished with an acoustic version of their classic “Wake Up.” The band also played material from their 2004 masterpiece Funeral and 2007’s Neon Bible which peaked at number two on Billboard 200.

Set List From June 7th
Songs from “The Suburbs” are in bold
The Suburbs
Ready To Start
Keep The Car Running
We Used To Wait
No Cars Go
Empty Room
Modern Man
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Month Of May
Rebellion (Lies)
Wake Up

“Thank you very much for coming,” said frontman Win Butler at the concert’s conclusion. “We were fools not to come sooner. We beg your forgiveness. We’ll see you soon, like tomorrow or something.”

The band’s U.S. tour begins Aug. 1 in Boston at the Bank of America Pavilion. The next day, the septet travels to Philadelphia for a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

On Aug. 4, Arcade Fire plays Madison Square Garden in New York City. That performance is followed by a trio to Columbia, Maryland and a show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 6.

While not an official tour stop, on Aug. 8 Arcade Fire performs at Lollalooza in Chicago, Illinois.

Their tour resumes the following night, Aug. 9, in Nashville. The outing concludes Aug. 11 with a show at Atlanta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

For the Philly, New York, Columbia and Atlanta show, indie rock band, Spoon will open.

Arcade Fire will donate $1 of every ticket sold on their U.S. tour to Partners in Health, a charity that provides health care options for the poor.

Arcade Fire’s Festival Appearances For 2010
See tour schedule for exact dates and location

  • Hove Festival
  • Oexgen
  • Festival d’ete de Quebec
  • Ottawa Bluesfest
  • Osheaga Music Festival
  • Lollapalooza
  • Leeds Festival
  • Reading Festival
  • Rock en Seine
  • I-Day Festival

Both before and after their U.S. trek, Arcade Fire is scheduled to be out on the road. Their first series of European dates begins June 28 in Helsinki.

Then, after a concert in Toronto on Aug. 12, the band heads back across the pond for shows in the UK, France, Germany and Italy.

Arcade Fire put a solid six months worth of effort into The Suburbs. The opus was produced by Markus Dravs who engineered the band’s previous release, Neon Bible.

There have been rumors that Canuck composer Owen Pallett, from Final Fantasy (the band not the game) did the album’s string arrangements. He recently posted on his Twitter account: “just completed 10 days on the best album I’ve ever had the pleasure of working on.” Pallett has worked with the band before.

The album, set for release by Merge Records, was recorded over the past two years in Montreal, Quebec, and New York City. The title and songs were inspired by Win and William Butler growing up in a Houston, Texas suburb.

Arcade Fire Tour Schedule
* = w/ Spoon
>> 06/28 – Helsinki, FI @ Senaatintori
>> 06/30 – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
>> 07/02 – Arendal, NO @ Hove Festival
>> 07/04 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
>> 07/05 – Paris, FR @ Le Casino De Paris
>> 07/09 – Eadestown, IE @ Oxegen
>> 07/12 – Quebec City, QC @ Festival d’ete de Quebec
>> 07/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
>> 07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
>> 08/01 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
>> 08/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center *
>> 08/04 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
>> 08/06 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
>> 08/08 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
>> 08/09 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
>> 08/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*
>> 08/12 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Centre Island
>> 08/27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
>> 08/28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
>> 08/29 – Saint-Cloud, FR @ Rock en Seine
>> 08/31 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
>> 09/02 – Bologna, IT @ I-Day Festival


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