The greatest rock band of the 21st Century will finally return to Miami this fall. Arcade Fire yesterday announced 20 dates for the Infinite Content Tour, including a show Saturday, September 23, at the University of Miami's Watsco Center. Road-trippers should also take note of a Tampa date Friday, September 22.
Montreal-based Arcade Fire, which has single-handedly kept alive the tradition of concept albums in this playlist age, has also announced the July 28 release of a fifth record, Everything Now. The title track has already been released, and the nearly six-minute song will please those who appreciate Arcade Fire's quest to write the great North American novel in musical form.
Presale tickets for Arcade Fire's Miami show, which will be opened by fellow Canadian indie-rock band Wolf Parade, will be available from 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, through 10 p.m. Thursday, June 8, to Citi cardholders. All the riffraff with no credit will have to wait till Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m to buy tickets.
Though the September 23 show will be Arcade Fire's first official concert in Miami, the band played two secret shows as the Reflektors at Mekka and the Little Haiti Cultural Center in 2013 before the release of the album Reflektor. Tickets for those shows were limited to 2,000 people and sold out within minutes. Throughout the concerts, the bandmates praised Miami, saying they had no idea why it took them so long to play down here. They declared Little Haiti one of the most beautiful places in America, and at the end of the second night, lead singer Win Butler told the crowd: "Thank you so much. We'll be back soon."
So there were a lot of hurt feelings when they did not include a Miami date on the following year's Reflektor Tour. But "soon" is a relative term. Here we are nearly four years later, and Arcade Fire is coming back. So put The Suburbs on loud, and for a moment you can feel like all is right with the world.
Saturday, September 23, at Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-8244; watscocenter.com. Tickets on sale Tuesday, June 6, at 10 a.m. for Citi cardholders and Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. for the general public.
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