CONCERT REVIEW: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center

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Photo by Eric Tsurumoto.

One might assume a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day would hinder a band’s drawing power in a city as infamously Irish as Philly. But for Arcade Fire last night, all it really did was throw a emerald hue over a crowd of thousands — many of whom showed up honoring the band’s “formal & costume” dress code in some obnoxious green get-up or another.

At 8:45 p.m. sharp, the band emerged on a small, dimly lit stage toward the center of the arena, plodding through an abbreviated “My Body Is A Cage” before sprinting to the main stage of shimmering lights and mirrors for the proper opener, “Reflektor.”

While the night considerably favored tracks from their latest record, the band hardly shied away from old favorites like “Neighborhood #1,” “No Cars Go,” and the beloved finale, “Wake Up.”



Elaborate costumes, coruscating rotating backdrops and the group’s visceral delivery were more than enough to make up for frontman Win Butler’s occasional fumbling through his own lyrics — (“Ready To Start” started, ironically, with the wrong verse, but a sheepish grin on Butler’s part was all it took to render the flub endearing.)

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WATCH: Arcade Fire Covers Boyz II Men’s ‘Motownphilly’ at Wells Fargo Center

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Arcade Fire’s formal dress encouraged tour rolled into the Wells Fargo Center last night. And although the event sold so poorly there was a 58% off Groupon for it, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good time. Arcade Fire’s pretty good.

And they also have a respect for the classics. And, by that, I mean, Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly.”

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