Phoenix @ WRXP Holiday Extravaganza 12/2 Hammerstein Ballroom NY

Last night, we had the chance to attend WRXP Matt Pinfield’s Holiday Extravaganza Ball. Though the show was a bit lacking in holiday spirit, no one really cared as there was a solid lineup of rock bands. Headlining the show was perhaps the most popular indie rock band in America right now, Phoenix. Prior to taking the stage, Glassnote Records CEO Daniel Glass informed the band that they had been nominated for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy. Is this why we saw one of the best performances of the year from Phoenix or is this what every show is like from them? Opening with their current single “Lisztomania”, lead singer Thomas Mars and company had Hammerstein Ballroom in an hour long danceathon and celebration. Seeing Phoenix live last night was like seeing Bloc Party or The Killers for the first time (no, we’re not old enough to compare them to see Nirvana or Led Zeppelin alive although several audience members seemed too old to be anyone’s dad). You knew that you were seeing something special and epic. Thomas Mars seemed to marvel at how popular the band had become as everyone sang and danced to every song. Mars, himself, even went into the audience on a few occasions singing an extra chorus of the band’s smash hit and closing number “1901” laying almost backfirst in a sea of Phoenix fans. Even the tweener fans who came to see Jack’s Mannequin or the club folk who came to see Passion Pit (the other bands who opened the show) were in love with this band. Check out the setlist below (incomplete, don’t bug us about it unless you know the songs) and some pics and a video. (Send in your pics and we’ll give you credit and probably a free CD!)

Setlist (incomplete)
Lisztomania
Lasso
If I Feel Better
Girlfriend
Armistice
Too Young
Consolation Pirzes
Rome
1901

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