Sunday, September 23, 2012

Metric at Radio City Music Hall - Recap & Set List

Although a seated show at Radio City Music Hall isn't the ideal venue for seeing Metric, the band put on a great show nonetheless. (See the set list at bottom of article.) Of course, the viewpoints of fan and performer are different; and singer Emily Haines spoke of being able to play in the gorgeous, world-famous hall and how far it was from her small-town origins in Ontario, Canada.

Emily Haines and Metric Sunday at Radio City
The photos don't come close to doing justice to the show (yes, of lesser quality than usual), but they at least give an idea of what the show looked like. As always, Haines was like the Energizer Bunny: prancing from one end of the stage to the other, smacking her tambourine, shaking her head from side to side, and in general rarely standing still.

An already impressive show was made even more special when Haines called Lou Reed to the stage. He sang along on "The Wanderlust" (as he does on Metric's latest album, "Synthetica;" video from last night below), and added vocals on Metric's rendition of the Velvet Underground classic, "Pale Blue Eyes." Before bringing him on, Haines talked about how her older brother helped broaden her musical horizons by introducing her to acts such as Patti Smith and the Velvet Underground.

Haines at the keyboard.

Lou Reed joined Metric for two songs.

Metric at Radio City: Set list

Artificial Nocturne 

Youth Without Youth
Speed the Collapse
Dreams So Real
Help I'm Alive
Breathing Underwater
Sick Muse
Dead Disco
Stadium Love 

Black Sheep
Monster Hospital
The Wanderlust (with Lou Reed)
Pale Blue Eyes (The Velvet Underground cover, with Lou Reed)
Gold Guns Girls
Gimme Sympathy (acoustic; Emily and Jimmy only)

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