As if 2005 hasn't already been a ridiculous enough year for the Arcade Fire, the band's record label has announced that the sizzlin' seven will close out the year with a few opening slots on U2's upcoming Canadian tour. Ottawa's Corel Centre is up first on November 25th, to be followed by back-to-back homecoming/victory lap shows at Montreal's Bell Centre on November 26th and 28th.
Bono and co. are among a number of high-profile fans of Montreal's finest, often spinning Funeral's "Wake Up" as an intro song before their live appearances and including the band on a recent U2 "Jukebox" compilation for the UK's MOJO Magazine.
Between now and the U2 dates, however, the insanity will continue for the 'Fire. After returning from playing festivals in Japan and Europe next month, the band will head out on a full-fledged North American tour with hometown pals Wolf Parade and the Bell Orchestre. Then it's off to Brazil before finally returning home for the U2 shows and, one would hope, a full night's sleep.
As if this wasn't enough, the band will squeeze in an appearance at the Fashion Rocks concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York on September 8th (to be aired the next night in prime time on CBS), placed rather incongruously alongside Destiny's Child, Nelly, Gwen Stefani and Arcade Fire super-fan/original fashionista Mr. David Bowie. And we won't even mention their scheduled appearance on Letterman on September 14th.
So you want to be a rock and roll star, eh? Actually, it doesn't sound half bad.
Arcade Fire's Canadian dates with Wolf Parade and the Bell Orchestre look like this:
September 30, Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
October 2, Saskatoon, SK - Odeon Event Centre
October 4, Edmonton, AB - Red's
October 5, Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
And here's where you can catch them with U2:
November 25, Ottawa, ON - Corel Centre
November 26 & 28, Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Writer: Neil McDonald