The new super-headliners and the fans that love them: Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Arcade Fire
By David Malitz
This summer, three young rock bands -- Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Arcade Fire -- made the leap to super-headliner status. All three played to big crowds at Merriweather Post Pavilion and I was there for each of them. Vampire Weekend was my favorite, MGMT was my least favorite, but we’ve covered the music plenty already. How about the people who were at these shows? Here’s a brief comparison.
Band’s attitude towards its fans:
MGMT: We hate you.
Vampire Weekend: We love you as much as our shoes.
Arcade Fire: We really respect how much you love us.
There were lots of teenagers on:
Vampire Weekend: A first date.
Arcade Fire: The waiting list at Brandeis.
Reaction when band plays most popular song:
MGMT: Three dudes take their shirts off, high five each other.
Vampire Weekend: Four girls scream, sing along and double high five each other while jumping up and down.
Arcade Fire: Must. Tweet. Now!!!
Overheard in the crowd:
MGMT: “Where’d you get that glowstick necklace?”
Vampire Weekend: “My first three periods suck.”
Arcade Fire: “Hey, is that Bob Boilen?”
September 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories: Riffs | Tags: Arcade Fire, MGMT, Vampire Weekend
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