No. 5 The National - Countdown of the Best Concerts of 2010
Luke Holwerda

No. 5 The National - Countdown of the Best Concerts of 2010

Over the last days of the year Up On The Sun will be counting down the best live shows of 2010. Today we look at the No. 5 show of the year, The National at Marquee Theatre.

Show: The National at Marquee Theatre

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Background: The National was touring in support of a stellar new album, High Violet, and made a two-night swing through Arizona, playing both Tucson and Tempe. The band seemed rested and relaxed from a two-hour commute from ye olde Pueblo and thus the show started fantastic, on pace to be one of the top two shows of the year.

Why it stood out: This was a great show up until the encore, when singer Matt Berninger hit his bottle of wine a little too hard and spiraled down. As I said at the time: "By the closer, an acoustic and mic-less version of " Vanderlylle Cry Baby," things hit bottom for Berninger. He stood at the side of the stage flapping his arms around like an impotent little penguin while his bandmates led a room-wide sing-along. They did a nice job, but it wasn't quite the same. Here's the thing: All things considered, this was actually still a great show. The band was that impressive for most of their set."

Someone else said: "Listening to Terrible Love on record, I'd never guess it would replace Mr. November as the epic, walk-through-the-audience moment of the encore. And, yet, it worked (even if the unwieldy mic cord whacked me in the neck in Tempe)." -Kevin Murphy of So Much Silence

Read the full review here.

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