The National Make Their Brooklyn Arena Debut with the Help of Annie Clark
The National made their headlining arena debut on Wednesday night. The performance took place at Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center and featured a handful of special guests.
Throughout the evening, The National relied mostly on songs from their new studio album Trouble Will Follow Me and their most recent recordings. However, the group opened up their catalog a few times during the night. Near the end of their set, the band offered “About Today,” from their 2004 Cherry Tree EP. They also performed their 2005 breakout single “Mr. November,” from 2005’s Alligator, during their encore. Partway through the show, Matt Berninger joked that “it all started here” at the Barclays Center.
A number of auxiliary musicians backed The National during their two-hour set, including a string section and the band’s regular two-piece horn section. In addition, regular National collaborator Doveman performed on keyboards throughout the night. Annie Clark, the artist who performs as St. Vincent, also sat in on “This is the Last Time.” Clark sings on the same song on Trouble Will Find Me.
At the end of the show, the members of The National returned to the stage for this year’s first version of the High Violet song “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.” Despite their new arena surroundings, the band performed the song acoustic and largely at the lip of the stage.