Hollywood’s famed Capitol Records building flickered like a disco ball Tuesday night as Arcade Fire serenaded their fans with a free concert in support of the band’s new album “Reflektor,” which arrived earlier in the day.
“We’re the Reflektors,” the band’s frontman Win Butler told the legions of costumed onlookers from a stage 25-feet above the Capitol Records lot, “but you can call us Arcade Fire.”
The colorful performance, part of MTV Iggy and Intel’s Music Experiment 2.0, was held exclusively for fans who took part in the band’s social media challenge but was also visible to hundreds if not thousands of on-lookers who poured on to adjacent streets, not to mention those who streamed the show via Music Experiment’s website.
“We didn’t make you jump through too many hoops, I hoped,” Butler added. “Just kidding, I know we did.”
Fans created Instagram videos and Twitter memes to get into the outdoor show and were also required to dress (although not enforced) in “Reflektor”-themed costumes, with the help of homemade broken mirrors, CDs and tin foil.
One concertgoer sported a Reflektor beard made of tiny, plastic mirrors.
As for the music, most of the band’s 70-minute set consisted of new songs from the James Murphy-produced “Reflektor” (they dedicated “Afterlife” to the late Lou Reed) before confetti rained on the audience as Butler vowed to “shut up and play the hits,” which included “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” and the 2004 anthem “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out).”
Footage from the concert was featured on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night.
The group, billed as The Reflektors, are scheduled to play the Hollywood Paladium on Thursday.
“It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)”
“You Already Know”
“Here Comes the Night Time”
“Supersymmetry”/”Satellite of Love” (Lou Reed cover)
“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
“Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”