I went to the Arcade Fire show this week of the Nuits de Fourviere festival, a series of summertime concerts and performances in Lyon's Roman amphitheatre. It is high on the hill above Lyon, so as the sun sets you have a nice view of the city lights. Arcade Fire was very cool. They are from Montreal and there were so many band members on stage that it seemed a bit like all of Canada was there. They had a whole string section, and people playing cow bells, and there was someone singing through a bullhorn for a while.
The opening band was this country rock group called Herman Düne (complete with umlaut à la Häagen Dazs or Hüsker Dü). The lead singer looked like Mick Fleetwood and sounded like the love child of Willie Nelson and Richard Buckner. I was confused-- I know I haven't been back in the US lately, but has country rock come into style there without me realizing? It just doesn't seem plausible.
The pictures I took didn't really turn out so well... here is the crowd standing around waiting...
Here are the Arcade Fire.