LCD Soundsystem Last Ever at MSG

Today is a day of mourning, perhaps one of the saddest days the music community has seen since the Black Eyed Peas became a band. It should not be a day for grieving though, it should be a day to celebrate the memory of one of the last decade’s most seminal bands. Last night James Murphy and the rest of his LCD Soundsytem cohorts played their final show at Madison Square Garden and it was a bittersweet experience to say the least. As we know, all good things must come to an end, but when you are talking about one of your favorite bands it becomes pretty difficult to stomach. When Neil and I arrived at MSG we were unsure what to expect, all we knew was that we planned on dancing ourselves clean for 3+ hours. After reading other reviews and seeing the setlist (we have it below just in case you missed it) I think you would probably agree that we were more than pleasantly surprised with the events that transpired last night. Opener Liquid Liquid seemed a bit lackluster to us, but I really don’t think that anyone cared because LCD was the only thing that mattered, the only thing on everyone’s mind.

When LCD took the stage just after 9pm, they kicked off their set with fan favorite “Dance Yrself Clean” featuring a full choir dressed appropriately in all white. From then on we knew that we were a part of something special, something larger than life. The set weaved in and out of covers, hits, deep cuts and special guest appearances. The most notable of those appearances being when members of Arcade Fire joined Murphy on stage for a crowd pleasing rendition of “North American Scum.” Other guests included singer/comedian Reggie Watts, Shit Robot, and guitarists Phil Mossman and David Scott Stone. Though one of the best/most intimate moments of the show came near the end of the first set with “All My Friends.” We thought it pretty early to be playing one of their monster hits, but we still screamed our hearts out along with everyone else when Murphy sang, “And to tell the truth, this could be the last time.” It was the last time, but at that time no one seemed to care. We were living in the moment, a moment that was most certainly fleeting, yet at the same time we all recognized that this was an experience we would remember for a lifetime.

The nostalgia and dancing continued throughout the set especially during the epic  “45:33” which featured guest appearances by Reggie Watts as well as Shit Robot who descended on the arena in some sort of crazy spaceship wearing his signature neon green helmet. Other  highlights included a jammed out version of “Sound of Silver” interspersed within “45:33” and the extremely loud and extremely danceable “Yeah” which closed out the band’s fourth set. All of this culminated with the final song, before LCD’s final encore, “Home.” If you were wondering what they were going to do with all of the cloud footage they were requesting earlier in the week, well here is your answer. The song was set to a beautiful montage of clouds and shots from airplanes, which made me turn to Neil and say, “It’s moments like these that make you think about your life.” It may sound overly-sentimental, but I can guarantee that the feeling of finality from last night’s show made everyone in the crowd pause for at least a moment to reflect on the bigger picture.

After returning to the stage for his final encore, Murphy and co. tackled “All I Want,” a cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire” and finally a gut-wrenching version of, “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” During the song’s intro you could tell that Murphy was beginning to get a bit emotional, but deservedly so. Although his extremely sharp wit and incredible songwriting may lead you to think otherwise, James Murphy is still human. It goes without saying that LCD Soundsystem went out on top, with all the fanfare of one last hurrah and an inordinate amount of balloons dropping from the ceiling of MSG (see above with the view from our seats).

LCD Soundsystem you will continually be loved and missed and your music will inspire hipsters for generations to come, thanks for taking us along for the ride.

Set 1:
Dance Yrself Clean (with “I’m Not In Love” by 10cc intro)
Drunk Girls
I Can Change
Time To Get Away
Get Innocuous!
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
Too Much Love (w/ Phil Mossman)
All My Friends
Tired (with “Heart of the Sunrise” by Yes sample)

Set 2:
45:33 Part On
45:33 Part Two (w/ Reggie Watts)
Sound of Silver
45:33 Part Four
45:33 Part Five (w/ Shit Robot)
45:33 Part Six
Freak Out/Starry Eyes

Set 3:

Us v Them
North American Scum (w/ Arcade Fire)
Bye Bye Bayou (Alan Vega cover)
You Wanted A Hit
Yeah (Crass Version)

Set 4:

Someone Great
Losing My Edge (with “Da Funk” by Daft Punk snippet)

Set 5:

All I Want (w/ David Scott Stone)
Jump Into the Fire (Harry Nilsson cover w/ Phil Mossman)
New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down (with “Twin Peaks Theme” by Angelo Badalamenti intro)
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