"We are hoping it'll be a real weird experience for everyone" - James Murphy as he welcomes and thanks the crowd for coming to LCD Soundsystem's final concert at MSG this past Saturday.
The dance-funk brainchild of the 41 year old James Murphy has been out in the scene for over 10 years shaking up things at every turn. They started as a very small house band type act and slowly grew their fan base to such solidiers that they overtook Lady Gaga on the billboard dance charts with their last album 2010's This is Happening.
This show was no "Last Waltz" but this NYC-Dance-Funk band bid their fans a farewell in an epic show up in NYC. Filled with every bit of weirdness you would expect from this group, the show left fans knowing what they knew before even entering the historic building. These guys did it their way, they did it a great way, and their fans appreciate it. They had guests ranging from comedians to members of the Grammy winning Arcade Fire to help them close down the night. And celebrity fans like Courtney Love, Susan Sarandon and Donald Glover (from my show Community) was all in attendance.
The concert lasted over four hours. A marathon dance party. But what makes these guys so good, is from what it looks like, nobody noticed. They ended the shows with the ever poignant "NY I Love You But You're Bringing me Down" as the group's final number and brought the most enthastic roar of all from fans lamenting the bands departure. Murphy ended the show with an extended bow and a heartfelt thanks to the audience.
On a more personal note while I never had the chance to see LCD live, I loved their music from afar. The song below features probably one of the better song lyrics ever written and for that I give them a standing ovation and welcome them into their next projects and next phase.
Thanks for everything.
"You spend the first five years trying to get with the plan and the next five years trying to be with your friends again"