The last time the French alt-rockers of Phoenix rolled into Miami, they were at the tipping point between indie darlings and household-name status. Their 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, with hits like "1901" and "Lizstomania," was getting play everywhere from college radio to Super Bowl ads. No wonder, then, that their 2010 appearance at the Fillmore Miami Beach was packed with fans, from Wavves' opening set till Phoenix's final song.
On May 12, fans can relive that night. Phoenix will return to the Fillmore, the venue announced this morning, and tickets will go on sale March 31.
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In the seven years since South Florida last saw the band, it has followed a career trajectory unsurprisingly quirky for a retro-tinged, synth-heavy French quartet. The 2013 album Bankrupt! kept fans dancing while dishing some "post-success commentary" while band members processed their surprisingly meteoric rise to fame; the record was mixed on an eBay-purchased retro console, the same model used to produce Michael Jackson's Thriller. They headlined major festivals like Coachella and Austin City Limits. In more recent years, they've headlined European music festivals but also appeared in Bill Murray's surreal, meta Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas.
Then, to kick off March, Phoenix announced tour dates in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and London. The announcement came with a 30-second instrumental clip of new music, beginning with an almost sinister beat before breaking into Phoenix's trademark: an upbeat '80s-throwback melody.
A few more cities, including Atlanta and San Diego, were added a week and a half ago. Now Miami is on the list too.
8:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 800-745-3000; fillmoremb.com. Tickets go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m. and cost $35.50 in advance, $40 day of show, and $55 for reserved seating.