|Arcade Fire singer-guitarist Win Butler reaching out during the|
band's headlining performance at the Greek Theatre on Sept. 20.
This was not a night to arrive late. The Zombies kicked things off promptly at 7:15 p.m. The band was performing before a mix of fans who were obviously well acquainted with the outfit as well as those who were just being introduced to the group. It's safe to say everyone was a fan of the Zombies' by the end of the band's impressive and inspired 45-minute set.
|Zombies singer Colin Blunstone at|
the Greek Theatre on Sept. 20, 2018.
The setlist continued to provide one highlight after another, with the jazz-styled "I Want You Back Again" featuring Rod Argent delve into a delightful and extended piano solo displaying his virtuoso skills on the instrument. "Edge of the Rainbow" blended those jazz stylings with blues.
The Argent-penned hit "Tell Her No" came next, showcasing the musical might of the group's lineup (including the aforementioned Argent, Blunstone along with drummer Steve Rodford, lead guitarist Tom Toomey and new bassist-backing vocalist Søren Koch) and the group's timeless sound.
|The Zombies performing at the Greek Theatre.|
The Zombies ended their fast-moving turn with a potent and rocking take on their 1964 hit "She's Not There," highlighted by
|The Zombies acknowledging the love on Sept. 20.|
It was great to see the Zombies' receive a well-deserved big time ovation from the Greek Theatre crowd (Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler would later note "We're so honored to be playing with The Zombies" during his band's set).
Arcade Fire is one of the most original and successful alternative rock artists to emerge since the turn of the century. So it's no wonder the concert on Thursday night was an absolute sold-out affair. The energetic Montreal-spawned collective fully delivered on its talents during an intoxicating two-hour set. Divided into two parts, the concert offered up standout material from throughout the band's career.
|Arcade Fire at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 20,|
Arcade Fire launched the night performing their 2004 debut album Funeral in its entirety, with Butler later saying "We wanted to play our first record while we fit in the clothes." The performance of the album was epic, mostly filling the first half of the set.
Shared lead vocals from Butler and his wife Régine Alexandra Chassagne have always given the band a more interesting dynamic and that proved true this night. And the mix of band members playing everything from xylophone, piano, percussion, woodwinds and strings meant the sonic tapestry here far outdistanced the more conventional approach of so many of Arcade Fire's contemporary rock acts.
Highlights? Everywhere. Beyond the potent performance of Funeral, there was a second act that included the disco delights of "Reflektor" and "Afterlife."
Butler's voice soared into falsetto during the inviting "Put Your Money On Me," one of several compelling cuts from Arcade Fire's latest album (2017's Everything Now). The catchy "Creature Comfort" and brash "Electric Blue" also came off more powerfully in concert then on the original studio recording.
The crowd was on its feet for much of the night and that made moving with the music much easier. A good idea since bona fide classics like the wistful "The Suburbs," explosive "Ready to Start," shimmering "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and triumphant "Everything Now" were offered up with joyous fanfare.
A magical night to be sure.
Review and photographs by Robert Kinsler
|Arcade Fire performing at the legendary Greek Theatre on|
Sept. 20, 2018.
The Zombies Setlist
1. I Love You
2. I Want You Back Again
3. Moving On
4. Edge of the Rainbow
5. Tell Her No
(Odyssey and Oracle mini-set)
6. Care of Cell 44
7. A Rose for Emily
8. This Will Be Our Year
9. Time of the Season
10. She's Not There
Arcade Fire Setlist
1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
2. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
3. Une Année Sans Lumiere
4. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
5. Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
6. Crown of Love
7. Wake Up
9. Rebellion (Lies)
10. In the Backseat (Tour debut performance)
12. Afterlife (with New Order's "Temptation" snippet as outdo)
13. Creature Comfort
14. Electric Blue
15. Put Your Money on Me
17. My Body is a Cage
18. The Suburbs
19. Ready to Start
20. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
21. Everything Now