Phoenix >> in Tempe. Yes that was a thing. It doesn't quite sound right but it was 'Fuckin A Right'. Phoenix the band played a show in Tempe the city. They shredded it in fact and their return to Marquee Theatre Monday night was damn righteous.
In a sense this performance was a practice round for Coachella, which they are headlining on Saturday of both weekends. Thereafter they're poised to au revoir about the country [they're Parisian, see what I did there] on their Bankrupt! album tour.
The new album is slated to drop on 4.23 and they've done a good job containing it outside of 'Entertainment' which is its first single released along with an official video. That said, a healthy chunk of the show was off this album so mostly foreign [oi oi, get it?] and now I'm even more excited to go Bankrupt! this month.
The new stuff is really superb and it sounds like they just totally let loose on this one. A handful of the songs contained some next level shit as the vocals peaced and both guitars fight over caveman drums and acidic keyboards. They did start and close out with a bunch of the beloved classics, many from perhaps their best LP Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. My favorites and probably yours too were 'Lasso', 'Lisztomania', '1901', 'Fences' and 'Girlfriend'.
That was a badass show and I'm mega pumped for what they can do with a major stage and in Indio this weekend with no specified end time.
On a side note, it looks like Marquee Theatre was hit with our desert plaque of wind and mud. Much of the patio was fenced off and the merch table area in front of the main bar was in full demolition mode. They are opening up the amphitheatre to beyond the sound booth and back to the Sierra Nevada. It also appears as if they are building onto a 2nd deck as well. I noticed the ticket office is 4 windows now too so lots of positives have already gone underway at the Theatre. Thanks Lucky Man!