LCD Soundsystem called it quits last night, playing its final show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. James Murphy & Co. banged out 29 songs during their finale, including some help from Grammy Award-winning Arcade Fire, back from their recent trip to Haiti. The award-winning music blog Hidden Track wrote “It was the rare heavily hyped show that lived up to the massive expectations thrust upon it.”
Here’s Arcade Fire’s cameo on North American Scum:
Of course, the complete setlist:
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VARIETY: “Neil Young introduced the rock world to the phrase “it’s better to burn out than to fade away,” but on Saturday night, James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem enthusiastically drove home that message with a farewell show that was one part Irish wake and one part post-modern Last Waltz.”
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “Amping the already frenetic energy on stage, the pairing of these two indie super groups served the song well, as did a full brass section which Murphy described as “two horny horns, one flatulent drummer and four troubled souls.” The singer later remarked that the band hadn’t played “North American Scum” for a couple years “because we’re f–king idiots.” The band closed out the night with another song from Sound of Silver, “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.””
HIDDEN TRACK: “LCD Soundsystem went out with a bang last night at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The band’s grand finale included rarities, balloons and a guest spot by Arcade Fire over the course of the marathon performance. All in all, James Murphy and his band played a total of 29 songs with lots of honest and at times hilarious banter interspersed. It was the rare heavily hyped show that lived up to the massive expectations thrust upon it.”
It sounds like it beats that Charlie Sheen trainwreck, yeah? Another loss for Detroit.