April 30th, 2014
Arcade Fire have teamed up with Vevo to take fans behind the scenes on the process of putting together their Reflektor Tour. The Montreal band’s main goal for the tour is to turn arena shows into intimate club gatherings, a large feat for spaces that often house thousands of fans for hockey games.
Band member Richard Reed Perry explained that in addition to keeping the shows intimate, Arcade Fire also strive to make sure each tour date is unique. “Part of what we do is not knowing what it’s going to be the next night,” says Perry. “We will do lots of different things that will change depending on where we’re playing and we don’t actually want everything to be pre-planned because we’re not Cirque du Soleil.”
This seems a bit surprising considering the amount of rehearsals and man power that goes into most arena tours, but Arcade Fire member William Butler explains that freedom in set lists and special effects are what makes the Grammy winning band stand out. “One of our defining aesthetics is our amateur edge.”
Opening act Dan Deacon is getting his first real taste of playing in arenas and says that Arcade Fire are very aware of their goal to keep the audience members interested. “They are very invested in the entire atmosphere of the performance. The audience is an aspect of the performance. The more trust you give your audience the more they’re going to put back into it,” says Deacon.
Check out the full video below for more insight into how the Reflektor Tour is changing the way arena shows are made.Tweet