LCD Soundsystem played their final show at the Madison Square Garden in New York and were joined on stage by Arcade Fire in front of 14,000 choked-up fans.
The show came at the end of the band’s final tour and LCD Soundsystem fans got emotional as James Murphy told them: “This is a very weird experience for us. We hope it will be a very weird experience for everybody.”
No explanation has been given for the break-up of LCD Soundsystem and when the band’s final show was announced tickets sold out in just 15 seconds.
The band were the brainchild of Murphy and have been churning out hits like I’m Not In Love and New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down for over a decade.
For their farewell gig in new York, LCD Soundsystem were joined on stage Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler. Other guest appearances included Regine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, DJ Shit Robot and Reggie Watts.
The band joined forces with Pitchfork.com to stream the whole 3 hour 41 minutes concert online. Watch it here.
The critics were mostly impressed by LC Soundsystem’s final show.
“LCD Soundsystem managed to make their last-ever show an uplifting experience, cruising through classics like “All My Friends” and “Yeah” and “Us V. Them,” said Rollingstone.com.
“The atmosphere in the stadium on Saturday night was somewhere between joyous wake and dance party funeral,” theguardian.co.uk wrote.
While nytimes.com slammed it for the “unforgivable lull during the show’s second portion” but conceded that “the bookends of this concert were thrilling”.
On Youtube, fans have been paying tribute to the band.
“It HURTS TO WATCH I WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!” said mpcolorado1421.
Andreandeahhh, who attended the gig, wrote: “This was the most beautiful, perfect, and epic night of my life. Section 84 represent! Thank you LCD Soundsystem for making amazing music and being so incredible.
Thanks for caring about your fans and not giving a FUCK about the music industry. My heroes!”
LCD Soundsystem released three critically acclaimed albums. This Is Happening charted in the Billboard Top 10 last year.
Pitchfork Media named All My Friends the second best song of the 2000s.
Watch it here.