LCD Soundsystem Begins 2016 Comeback With Killer New York Show

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LCD Soundsystem performs during the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 11, 2010 in Manchester, Tennessee. 

At approximately 10 p.m. (ET), yesterday (March 27) LCD Soundsystem returned to being a living, breathing live act onstage at New York City’s Webster Hall. The one-time underdog dance punk band has only seen its legend grow since breaking up in 2011, and is less than a month away from embarking on a highly-publicized reunion tour featuring many of the world’s most prominent festivals. But LCD Soundsystem version 2.0 cut its teeth on a highly in demand undersell show at Webster Hall

It all started with the opening notes of their 2007 album Sound of Silver, as “Get Innocuous” ushered James Murphy and his wily bandmates back into the fray. Webster Hall’s 1,500-capacity Grand Ballroom was absolutely packed, filled with fans who’d either scored tickets through an online purchasing lottery late last week or had been lucky enough to snag a coveted guest list spot. Whatever the case, the hometown crowd was squarely in LCD’s corner, and weathered some early glitches to take in a triumphant set.

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“We played Easter with a keyboard called the Demon,” Murphy joked late in the evening, commenting on a problematic piece of machinery. “It just fucked with us… power of Christ compels us!” LCD’s computerized setup caused lags after “Get Innocuous” and during the encore, but Murphy was there with the banter, as if the crowd wasn’t in the palm of his hand anyway. The fans took a few songs to pick up on the vibe, but once the house disco lights revealed themselves during “Us V. Them,” the dance party was on. 

LCD Soundsystem powered through an approximately-two-hour set featuring lively, intricate versions of tracks across its three studio albums, right down to the occasional cowbell and well-placed backing vocals from keyboardist Nancy Whang. This included the obscure B-side “Freak Out/Starry Eyes” and LCD's 2002 debut single “Losing My Edge,” featuring some updated-for-2016 lyrics: “I was the first guy playing Daft Punk for the rock kids… everybody thought it was crazy… we all know… Pharrell’s in the band now.”

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Murphy thanked the crowd for its enthusiasm several times, but showed his irreverence hasn’t gone anywhere. “We’re gonna go over there,” he announced two songs before the encore, “and some of us are gonna go pee and then we’re gonna play two other songs.” This held true, as “Dance Yrself Clean” and finally, “All My Friends” played the hometown favorites offstage to a scene of fraternal group embraces. 

The set omitted singles like “Drunk Girls” and “North American Scum,” and did not include any new songs, which the group promised it was working on alongside its live reunion. However, the reunion is just getting started, as both fans and the band alike have plenty of time to get re-acquainted with each other in the coming months. LCD Soundsystem is slated to play a second Webster Hall show tonight (March 28) and kick off a spree of prominent 2016 festivals next month at Coachella. The fun is just getting started. 

Set List:

1. Get Innocuous
2. Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
3. Pow Pow
4. Us V. Them
5. You Wanted a Hit
6. Tribulations
7. Freak Out/Starry Eyes
8. Movement
9. Yeah!
10. Someone Great
11. Losing My Edge
12. Home
13. New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
14. Dance Yrself Clean
15. All My Friends