The Arcade Fire Schedule
The Arcade Fire has been actively playing gigs, festivals and large venues across the
globe since 2001. The Canadian band that covers all the indie rock bases with a bit of art rock, baroque rock and post-punk
revival has everyone talking. Arcade Fire fans continue to follow the band on tour, as it makes its way to cities across the
United States and abroad. There are a number of associated acts that are also favorites of the indie rockers, such as David
Bowie, David Byrne (Talking Heads) and LCD Soundsystem. The Arcade Fire is now traveling on its Reflektor Tour and will travel
across North America, so book your tickets now. Indie rock fans are excited to recently learn that The Unicorns, a fellow
Canadian band, has reunited and will open for the Arcade Fire.
About The Arcade Fire
The Arcade Fire has
been on a number of labels during its almost 15 years playing shows and dropping albums. Such labels include Sonovox, Merge,
Rough Trade, City Slang, Spunk and Mercury. Both Win Butler and Josh Deu initially founded the band before they hit their
stride in 2004. The two met while attending the prestigious American private college prep school, Phillips Exeter Academy,
located in New Hampshire. They later attended Concordia University, where additional members joined them. There were subsequent
changes that occurred to the first band order. By the end of the Arcade Fire's first year promoting its self-title album,
the group signed a record deal with the independent label, Merge Records.
The Arcade Fire won a significant number of
awards for its album entitled, "Funeral," after it was released in 2004. The album was initially released in Canada and then
the following year in Great Britain. It was an incredibly popular album that led to the band's commercial popularity and critical
acclaim. The album won favor with Pitchfork, Filter, MTV2 and NME. In 2005, Arcade Fire was on the cover of Time Magazine
in Canada. The band's music started to get radio and television play, in addition to the band playing more and more substantial
shows. The band was featured on the long running television program called "Top of the Pops" in the United Kingdom. Such successes
led Rough Trade Records releasing the song, "Wake Up," as a seven inch. The notorious Bono led band, U2, invited Arcade Fire
to open during their tour. Interestingly, U2 and Arcade Fire performed "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division on stage
during that tour. The more the band toured, the greater its success.
Arcade Fire Breakthrough
no doubt that the release of "Funeral" was a huge breakthrough for The Arcade Fire. It enabled the band to return from tour,
purchase an old church in a small town in Quebec and turn it into a recording studio. The band wrote "Neon Bible" during this
time. The first track that they released was entitled, "Intervention." It was dedicated to a group called Partners in Health.
Thereafter, more of the album was leaked through social networks before being released officially in 2007. It was an immediate
success, finding itself in the number one position on a number of Indie Rock charts. It was on the US Billboard Top 200 and
the UK Top 40 Album Chart the year of its release. It received more critical acclaim than the album before. The Arcade Fire
even had the opportunity to perform on Saturday Night Live. The band's success was shared with the organization Partners in
Health and other health organizations relating the AIDS. The next album, "The Suburbs," saw a concert in Madison Square Garden
and led to Terry Gilliam directing a music video. The band's incredible success following its breakthrough continued with
critical acclaim and commercial success. Now, the Arcade Fire is promoting their album Reflektor, which is still continuing
to keep the attention of both critics and every day people who are or quickly become Arcade Fire Fans.
Fire Live Show
The Arcade Fire is such an eclectic band that it is quite an impressive live show. The venue is taken
over by the sounds of bass guitar, drums, guitar, piano, viola, violin, French horn, accordion, harp synthesizer and even
the glockenspiel that it is impossible to not be impressed by the intricately beautiful sounds. It is interesting to watch
the talent of this band switch from one musical instrument to the next at a live performance. By going to an Arcade Fire show,
you will quickly see why they are critically acclaimed. What is impressive is that such an astounding group of talented and
multi-instrumentalist musicians have found success among the masses as well as its niche market. When both of these groups
align, the live show must continue to go and on, reflecting how great the Arcade Fire truly is.
Arcade Fire Trivia
Arcade Fire member, Win Butler, once explained that the name of the band was based on a story he heard about a fire that occurred
inside an arcade. He explained that it is a high likelihood the story was false. Another sad, but nevertheless story relating
to the "names of things" is that the album "Funeral" was entitled as such due to a significant number of relatives of the
band passing away. The deaths were acknowledged to be a catalyst for the relatively somber sounds of the album. What was impressive
about this album is that it was on an independent label and had quite limited radio and television play, but it sold more
than half a million copies across the globe. It even surpassed to acclaimed Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the
Sea" as the label's best selling album.