Arcade Fire at the Ryman

Saw Arcade Fire at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium last night. It was one of the best rock shows I’ve ever seen.

The Ryman is made for a band like Arcade Fire. Built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892, it sounds and feels like a church, right down to the wooden pews and stained glass windows. You’ll just have to imagine how good the organ sounded on “Intervention.” I won’t, though. It’s still in my head.

The sell out crowd of only 2400 fortunate souls in attendance last night witnessed something very magical: The transcendent power of a great band in its prime.

It was Arcade Fire’s first show in Nashville and my belief (with scant evidence, I’ll admit) is that Arcade Fire were surprised by an audience that stood throughout the show and rocked the perfect acoustics of this storied hall with sing-along chorases that were so loud at times they drowned out the band. I promise, Arcade Fire was not audible during the choruses to “Wake Up.”

Yes America (and Canada), alt rock is alive and well in Nashville, Tennessee, and it’s been this way for over 30 years. Country music and the Christers all around keep us strong as we patiently wait. Last night, the wait was over.

Thank you Arcade Fire. I needed that.

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