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Arcade Fire announce Alexandra Palace dates

Arcade Fire

Story by Jack Foley

ARCADE Fire have announced two end of year dates at London’s Alexandra Palace in November.

The shows will support the release of their acclaimed second album Neon Bible, which hit stores in March. And they follow the four nights they played in Brixton in March.

The band will play the Alexandra Palace venue on November 17 and 18. Buy tickets

The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town outside of Montreal. They were recording their 2nd album Neon Bible.

It was a slow year, mostly. The couple years before that had been rather hectic. Funeral, their first album, was released in September of 2004 and the moment it came out, the Arcade Fire were caught up in a flurry of activity that left none dead but several wounded.

A lot of people liked Funeral a lot. Reviews were insanely positive, from local Montreal press to New York Times feature articles.

Shows, too, were selling out. In 2004, the Arcade Fire were playing small venues packed to the gills with 100, maybe 200 people.

After Funeral came out, the size of the shows slowly crept up. A lot of people liked the shows a lot. By the end of 2005, the Arcade Fire were playing largish venues packed to the gills with thousands of people, in shows that had sold out in ridiculously short amounts of time. This all was a little overwhelming.

Nice but weird things happened to the Arcade Fire all of 2005. They played a Talking Heads song with David Byrne at one of their shows, and then got to open for him at the Hollywood Bowl. They got to perform with David Bowie, both in concert and on national TV. They got to go to Japan and Sweden and Brazil. They got to perform a very poorly rehearsed version of Love Will Tear Us Apart (Again) with U2.

Coming off a year of intense touring, they wanted to just sit down and write some songs and record them. They knew they were working on an album, but didn’t know how long it would be, or what it would be called, or what songs would be on it, or what instruments would be on the songs.

They knew they would produce it themselves, though – they had too many musical plans pent up in their brains to hand control over to someone else. So they found some grand engineers to make those musical plans reality – Markus Dravs (Bjork, James, Brian Eno) and Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls, Animal Collective).

Slowly the songs came together… and boy are we glad they did as Neon Bible marked a breathtaking return from one of the best bands of the moment.