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Published: 2011/04/04

Arcade Fire, Reggie Watts, Colin Stetson and The Juan MacLean Join LCD Soundsystem at Final Show

Members of Arcade Fire onstage with LCD Soundsystem at MSG

LCD Soundsystem played its final show at New York’s Madison Square Garden this past Saturday. Before the show, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy encouraged fans to dress in black and white and—to the surprise of many—most in attendance followed the evening’s dress code. After the recently reunited post punk band Liquid Liquid warmed-up the crowd, LCD Soundsystem delivered an extended three-set performance that stretched from 9 PM to 12:45 AM. The evening’s feel fell somewhere between the guest-heavy sendoff of The Band’s The Last Waltz and the high-energy theatrics of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense.

Like LCD’s recent shows at New York’s Terminal 5, the group busted out several rarely played songs, including its complete “45:33” suite of songs. Also like the group’s Terminal 5 shows, the segment featured special guest Reggie Watts (Maktub) as well as members of LCD Soundsystem associates The Juan MacLean and Shit Robot. Former LCD Soundsystem guitarist Phil Mossman also rejoined his former bandmates earlier on in the night. In addition, the band brought out a full choir and a horn section featuring Kelly Pratt (Beruit/Arcade Fire) and Colin Stetson (Sway Machinery/Arcade Fire) at various points throughout the night.
After opening its third set with “Us & Them,” James Murphy invited out Arcade Fire principals Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara and Will Butler to sing on the rarely played LCD Soundsystem original “North American Scum.” As the musicians took the stage, Murphy reminisced about Arcade Fire’s 2007 tour with LCD Soundsystem and the Butler’s Texas roots. Before closing the night with LCD Soundsystem’s regular finale “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” Murphy thanked the crowd and introduced his family members in the audience (he also reveled that he was wearing his father’s watch). With dozens of friends and associates onstage, the band then closed its set without celebrity guests and took its final bow.

Here a look at the setlist via Setlist.Fm

Set I:
I’m Not In Love (Intro)
Dance Yrself Clean
Drunk Girls
I Can Change
Time to Get Away
Get Innocuous!
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
Too Much Love (with Phil Mossman)
All My Friends
Tired Play (with “Heart of the Sunrise” by Yes snippet)

Set II:
45:33 Part One
45:33 Part Two (with Reggie Watts)
Sound of Silver
Part Four Play (with The Juan MacLean)
45:33 Part Five (with Shit Robot)
45:33 Part Six
Freak Out/Starry Eyes

Set III:
Us v Them
North American Scum (with Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara and Will Butler of Arcade Fire)
Bye Bye Bayou (Alan Vega cover)
You Wanted A Hit
Tribulations
Movement
Yeah (Crass Version)

E:
Someone Great
Losing My Edge Play Video (With “Da Funk” by Daft Punk snippet)
Home Play

E II:
All I Want
Jump Into the Fire (Harry Nilsson cover)
New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down Play Video
(with “Twin Peaks Theme” by Angelo Badalamenti intro)

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