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Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center

Arcade Fire

Barclays Center

August 23, 2014

BROOKLYN, NY—Win Butler and Josh Deu met at high school in Montreal, Canada, and continued an exchange of musical ideas into their university years. The two university students founded Arcade Fire around 2001, soon adding a fellow music student, Régine Chassagne. The trio recorded a set of demos and began performing live in the second half of 2001. Numerous musicians came and went, including Deu, but presently the band's core lineup is husband-and-wife team Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Win's brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara. The band continues to be a collective of sorts, as various core and extra musicians switch between guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, synthesizer, drums, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin, and hurdy-gurdy. The band's fourth and most current album is 2013's Reflektor.

Arcade Fire headlined Brooklyn's Barclays Center for three nights. The audience was treated to the extravagance of Arcade Fire's circus-like show, but the audience also was designed to be part of the entertainment. First off, the admission tickets asked the public to come in formal attire or costume. Hundreds of fans complied. The main floor had no seating, giving the…

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