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Arcade Fire and Spoon was a Perfect Night at the Mann!


What a great summer for concerts! I have seen Spoon twice before – a few years ago at Spoon at The Mann.the Electric Factory, and then at this year’s Coachella Festival. They have steadily moved up my list of favorite bands due to their superb songwriting and Britt Daniel’s mojo. When their album Transference  first came out, I wasn’t sure if I would love it as much as some of their earlier work – but like a new friend, you wonder about your life before they came into it.

On this night at the Mann Center For Performing Arts, the set for Spoon was sparse with white flats of different heights on either side of the drum kit. Spoon frontman Daniel stood out in a cherry red dress shirt and his standard black jeans. Their set drew heavily from Transference – but also included some tunes from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Gimme Fiction. Jim Eno (drums), Eric Harvey (keyboards, guitar, percussion, vocals) and Rob Pope (bass, vocals) make up the rest of the band.

Frequent collaborator Stephen Patterson – vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from White Rabbits – came out to play additional percussion on several songs, including a fantastic cover of The Damned’s 'Love Song.' One of my favorite moments throughout the night was when the entire front orchestra section stood up in a wave during 'Got Nuffin.'

The band played for a full hour before making way for the headliner, Arcade Fire. The pre-show buzz about the band was strong. I had heard of them for years, but was sold after Neon Bible.The backdrop revealed a tiered stage – on the upper deck: two drum kits (I see double percussion everywhere now) piano, maybe a xylophone? There was also a large video monitor – that looks like a cross between a drive in movie theatre screen and those big signs that post traffic warnings on the Schuykill. The entire audience stood as the lights went up…. And yes, we were standing the whole night!

Arcade Fire opened with my new favorite song, 'Ready to Start' from The Suburbs. Arcade Fire at The Mann.Their set was a satisfying blend of new material, and favorites from their previous records such as "No Cars Go" and "Intervention" from 'Bible.'

There are seven members to the band, including husband Win Butler and Canadian wife Regine Chassagne and a guest string player – which contributes to their orchestral sound. It was amazing to see the level of energy they sustained diring their performance as the band members were sprinting across the stage to switch instruments throughout the night.

Lead singer Win Butler (his brother William is in the band as well) walked out among the crowd a couple of times as the security guys hustled after him. One of the other band members – I’m afraid I couldn’t tell who it actually was – also ran down the aisle, back to the lawn section before making his way back to the stage. The set list consisted of a very impressive 19 songs. The last song of the night was the most memorable to me – the audience sang the chorus to 'Wake Up' from the album Funeral, the sound coming down the hill and across to the stage was sublime.

Spoon setlist

Black Like Me

Nobody Gets Me But You

Don't You Evah

Rhythm and Soul

You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb

Is Love Forever?

The Ghost of You Lingers

Trouble Comes Running

Small Stakes

Love Song (cover)

I Summon You

Written in Reverse

Don't Make Me a Target

Got Nuffin Play Video

Stay Don't Go

Jonathon Fisk


Arcade Fire setlist

Ready to Start

Neighborhood #2 (Laika)

No Cars Go


Rococ/"I Gotta Feeling"

Oh It's Such a Shame (cover)

Deep Blue

The Suburbs

The Suburbs (Continued)


We Used to Wait

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Rebellion (Lies)

Month of May

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Keep the Car Running


Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

Modern Man

Wake Up

Contact Diane Cooney at DC@dianecooney.com