After a disappointing experience failing to purchase tickets for Madison Square Garden, I managed to get two tickets to the third night of LCD Soundsystem’s farewell week in New York City. And last Wednesday, the band exceeded my expectations.
When LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy announced in February that the band was playing their final show on April 2nd, it was shocking to believe the band was actually over. Murphy had previously hinted in interviews that their latest CD “This is Happening” would be their last, but it’s hard to imagine a world without Murphy’s innovative electronic-punk music. Fans scrambled to get tickets for the last-ever show and the demand was so high that four shows were added during the week to New York’s Terminal 5.
The show began at 7:30 with a set by DJ Shit Robot, who played dance-techno music for the growing crowd. One of the last songs of the set was the gem “Turn ‘Em Up”, which featured LCD’s Nancy Whang on vocals. Shit Robot managed to hype the audience up without making them restless, which is a job accomplished.
Before the show, I was worried that because it was the third night the band would be getting tired of the weeklong event. I was completely wrong. Each member was enthusiastic and was as excited to be at the show as the audience. LCD’s set began gradually- each musician took their place separately until the beginning of “Dance Yrself Clean” was in full swing. Murphy finally took the mic to the thrill of the audience and at the breakdown of the song the crowd went wild. I struggled to find a place during the first few songs where the crowd wasn’t completely insane. Everyone was dancing manically and with an energy that could only be conjured up at a band’s final show.
Murphy broke the set into three parts, with the most popular songs starting off the show. The second set included more obscure songs from the EP 45:33. Even though the songs were lesser known, the audience never stopped moving. The third part went back to songs off of their LPs “This is Happening” and “Sound of Sliver”. After two encores, the band finally finished the show with the bittersweet ode to the city, “New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down”. For me, the stand outs of the 3-hour-long set were “Get Innocuous!”, “All My Friends”, “Movement”, and “Home”. The band did an incredible job translating their songs live and kept the audience engaged until the show ended at 12:30 at night.
Unfortunately, this really is it for LCD Soundsytem. It’ll be hard to fill the void that they’re leaving in the spectrum of indie music. Here’s hoping that their reunion tour is sooner than later.
mp3: LCD Soundsystem – Get Innouous!