Artists for Peace Members of Arcade Fire brought the house -- or at least the…
- Posted on Apr 1st 2011 8:15AM by David Renshaw
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The duo battled technical difficulties throughout their headline set at Heaven with guitarist Jamie Hince having to start several songs a number of times. Hince's drum machine seemed to malfunction more often than not and when one fan shouted some advice, Mosshart responded by saying, "He can't hear you, he's too drunk." The band came out on top eventually however, delivering new single 'DNA' with aplomb.
In a set dominated by fresh material, Alison Mosshart strapped on her guitar for a rip-roaring version of 'Satellites' whilst both members of the band combined to tear through 'Future Starts Slow.' Elsewhere, new songs 'Heart Is a Beating Drum' and 'Baby Says' impressed. Some points of the show fell flat as the audience seemed to grow tired of hearing brand new songs, but a delve into the Kills back catalogue saw 'No Wow,' 'Sour Cherry' and 'U.R.A. Fever' send the crowd wild.
Despite rarely speaking between songs, Mosshart informed the audience that it was "good to be back" with the band having been absent since 2008's 'Midnight Boom.' In the meantime Mosshart recorded two Dead Weather albums with Jack White whilst Hince has become engaged to model Kate Moss. Hince took time out of the set to tell two people at the front to stop fighting, warning them that it's "Not a good look."
The introduction of three gospel singers saw the stripped-down duo beefing up their sound for the first time. At various points of the evening the duo added drums, piano and keyboard to their simple blues sound with the pair of them both playing guitar on a number of new songs as well.
Whilst fans clearly favoured the more familiar material such as 'Cheap and Cheerful' or 'Pull A U,' any wandering attentions were soon brought back round with an encore featuring new song 'The Last Goodbye'. Simple and serene, the song showed a different side to Mosshart's often aggressive tone and had the crowd hushed in awe.