September 3rd, 2019 | Photos

The National @ The Greek Theatre

Photos by Debi Del Grande

A foam microphone condom tossed from the stage, people who may or may not have been there–Barbie from Ohio was there, who is possibly bassist Scott Devendorf’s cousin–charismatic singer Matt Berninger throwing his cup in the air, not knowing what to do with his hands, swapping glasses with a fan, and so much more was had at the Greek last evening (it’s no Spaceland) as The National is on tour with their eighth studio album I Am Easy to Find. Berninger was a little hard to find at times as he went into the sold out crowd and disappeared from view into the excited fans around him.

However, we were there. It’s rare to attend a show and not be distracted by bright cellphone screens. The National had such a dedicated crowd that was more interested in singing along and being completely present–rarely was a phone a point of distraction. That said, the energy on this warm summer’s night was surreal and for a few hours, we were lost in “I Need My Girl,” “England,” “Fake Empire” and the most beautiful way to end the show, an a cappella sing-along with the entire crowd on “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.”

Toronto’s Alvvays got the Labor Day festivities started.

Quiet Light
The Pull of You
Hey Rosey
Don’t Swallow the Cap
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Guilty Party
So Far So Fast
Where Is Her Head
I Need My Girl
This Is the Last Time
Day I Die
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Pink Rabbits
Light Years
You Had Your Soul With You
I Am Easy to Find
Fake Empire

Not in Kansas
Mr. November
Terrible Love
About Today
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks