Photos: Arcade Fire's 'Secret' Record-Release Show At Capitol Records
Arcade Fire sure loves their fans. Thousands flocked over to the Capitol Records building in Hollywood on Oct. 29 for a special rooftop performance by the band coinciding with their Reflektor record release. Streets were closed off, traffic was a mess, and lines circled around the block with eager fans decked out in costumes.
Capitol Records hosted the event where attendees were gifted tickets to the show by participating in social media challenges over the past month. In addition, ticket winners were encouraged to dress in costumes that mirrored the "Be a Reflektor" theme.
And dress up they did! There was an abundance of disco-ball-inspired clothing, flecks of mirrors covering body parts from head to toe, silver jumpsuits, sequins (oh, the sequins!), and folks wrapped in foil like baked potatoes.
Story-long metallic streamers hung like beaded curtains beneath the rooftop stage and the band members came out in equally vibrant garb. Quite the full band, even two congo players joined the ten-person performance. They played over an hour-long set, kicking off with their eponymous track off the new album and following through with new songs. Frontman Win Butler joked he needed to "shut up and play the hits" as an homage to James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem), who produced Reflektor. The band graciously finished off their set with an encore with older hits like "Haiti" and "Power Out."
After the excitement bubbled down in the show, what was left was a sea of glitter confetti all over the Capitol Records parking lot.