Saturday 18 January 2020

Loaded: Arcade Fire set to sizzle on Youtube

John Meagher

John Meagher

Their new album has lived up to the expectation and now you will be able to watch Arcade Fire in all their glory at New York's Madison Square Garden in the early hours of Friday morning courtesy of YouTube.


It is the first of five concerts to be screened on YouTube under the Unstaged banner, and the filming will be in the very capable hands of the acclaimed Terry Gilliam.

The English director, responsible for such films as Brazil, 12 Monkeys and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus -- the last movie to feature the late Heath Ledger -- first came to prominence as a member of comedy collective Monty Python.

It had been rumoured that Spike Jonze had been given the role after a trailer for the webcast was presumed to have been directed by the maverick visionary, who has enjoyed a profitable stint in music video-making directing the likes of Weezer, the Beastie Boys and Fatboy Slim.

Unstaged is a collaboration between YouTube and American Express. The only other planned broadcast announced so far is of John Legend and The Roots. Arcade Fire's set will be streamed from 3am Irish time on August 6.

  • Now that Bono has recuperated from his back problem, U2 go on the road again on Friday when they play Turin's Olympic Stadium.

They can't have imagined that this date would cause annoyance to a League of Ireland football club, but that's exactly what Shamrock Rovers fans are feeling this week. Their dream of seeing the Hoops take on the Italian giants Juventus in their own (temporary) home ground on Thursday has been quashed as a result of U2's enormous stage set up and the game will now have to be played in Modena, some 200 miles away.

Even allowing for poor album sales -- by their lofty standards -- Bono et al still managed to top the Forbes musicians' earning list for the period June 2009 to June 2010 after raking in $130m. Incidentally, the first couple of American music, Beyonce and Jay Z, managed to pull in $27m more over the same 12-month period.

  • The shy and retiring MIA has launched an attack on organisers of the Hard NYC Party festival in New York after her set there was cut short amid fears that she would be electrocuted during an electrical storm.

The singer's headline slot at the event on Governors Island saw the sound being pulled, forcing her to rap without any backing tracks for several minutes on Saturday night. Cue a very unimpressed Maya Arulpragasam: "Money doesn't buy u shit!," she tweeted. "I thought more money means better sound guys in America... I was wrong, the higher u go, they turn u lower !... That still didn't stop us! It's bigger then that!... fucjk technology! Even the stage broke + parts of it fell off in the storm."

Meanwhile, Kings of Leon had to pull their St Louis set at the weekend just three songs in after they were shat upon by flocks of pigeons nesting in the stage rigging. The excrement-coated band refused to come back on stage.

  • The inaugural Le Chéile Arts and Music Festival takes place this bank holiday weekend in Oldcastle, Co Meath, and Choice nominee Mick Flannery, Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club and that veritable national treasure, Jack L, will be playing.

Fight Like Apes will be showcasing material from their forthcoming album, The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner. Let's hope it's an improvement on their woeful debut.

  • The line-up for Electric Picnic's popular spoken-word tent, Mindfield, has been announced, and a suitably eclectic bunch will be in attendance.

The ever-opinionated former MP George Galloway heads a list that includes actors Stephen Rea and Patrick Bergin, writers Roddy Doyle and Howard Marks, ex-New Order bassist Peter Hook and former Wham! manager Simon Napier-Bell, author of one of the greatest books ever written about pop music, Black Vinyl, White Powder.

Irish Independent

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