In the wake of Arcade Fire’s unexpected Album of the Year win at the 2011 GRAMMY Awards, the band had kept plans of a new album well under wraps until this summer. In July, the band revealed via Twitter that its forthcoming album would be released on Oct. 29. Shortly after, street art, as shown in the image below, began appearing in major cities around the world. In August, the band confirmed “Reflektor” would be the title of its fourth studio album, as well as the title of its lead single from the record.
In the ensuing two months, new reports confirmed the album would feature collaborations with legendary rock musician David Bowie as well as production credits for James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. The band went on to promote the album in a number of secret shows around the U.S. and its native Canada, as well as on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” in the video below.
Upon release, the two-disc independent album reached the top 10 in more than a dozen countries. Now, Arcade Fire is preparing for a full-fledged North American tour to support the acclaimed release. Though Arcade Fire has been a favorite of critics since its debut, “Funeral,” nearly 10 years ago, the upcoming venture will mark the group’s first time playing in some of the largest arenas on the continent. The Arcade Fire tour, detailed in full below, has also left conspicuous gaps in April and early August, which many have speculated indicates the group will headline at major festivals, like Coachella, in 2014.
In addition to these upcoming tour dates, Arcade Fire will appear on the West Coast this December for two holiday concerts. On Dec. 7, the group will join with Phoenix, Alt-J, Lorde, Bastille, and The Neighbourhood to form the lineup of the Not So Silent Night concert in Oakland, Calif. The following night, Arcade Fire will appear in Los Angeles for the second night of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas alongside Phoenix, Capital Cities, Lorde, Portugal. The Man, and more.
Reflektor Tour Dates (all dates subject to change)
March 6 – KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
March 8 – Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
March 10 – Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.
March 12 – Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
March 13 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
March 14 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
March 16 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
March 17 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
March 18 – Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.
April 9 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas
April 10 – Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas
April 23 – Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
April 26 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.
April 27 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, Maryland Heights, Mo.
April 29 – Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio
May 1 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
May 2 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga.
July 30 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.
Aug. 8 – Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, Wash.
Aug. 11 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Aug. 12 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Aug. 14 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Aug. 17 – Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 19 – Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass.
Aug. 22 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Aug. 23 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Aug. 26 – United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 30 – Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec