Live Review: Arcade Fire at the Greek Theatre

Review: Arcade Fire lays siege to Greek Theatre: Aidin Vaziri | If the members of Arcade Fire weren’t in a rock ‘n’ roll band, they would probably be institutionalized. Not even halfway into “Ready to Start,” the opening song of their first sold-out concert at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre on Saturday, and several of the musicians in the Montreal collective were twitching wildly, shouting for no particular reason and violently banging on anything within arm’s reach – including each other. Even with eight members sagging the stage, none of the musicians felt comfortable sitting out a single song. When things got slow, they merely switched instruments. The accordion player, for example, moved behind the drums, the keyboard player jumped up front with a megaphone and Win Butler, the group’s freakishly tall singer with a half-shaved head, grabbed a mandolin and strummed the bejesus out of it. Read more.


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