Sports Recap; TV on the Radio; Arcade Fire at the UIC Pavilion
Although you may be a believer that Holy Week and Passover are very sacred holidays that are to be observed in silence and worship, that is not so much the case in the sports and music world. It was full steam ahead for the NBA, NHL, MLB, and musicians in the Chicagoland area this past week.
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In case you've been living under a rock the Blackhawks have come roaring back from a 3-0 series deficit, leaving their nemesis Roberto Luongo and his Vancouver Canucks to wonder if they are about to be part of a historic collapse. Catch the final game tonight at 9:00 pm CST and have your fingers ready to pull the trigger on some 2nd round Hawks tickets if all goes well for our guys in red. Chicago will be on its feet for the entirety of this game I'm sure.
After taking a 3-0 series lead in some close games against the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls dropped their first playoff game on Saturday. Besides the injury scare that Derrick Rose had in the 1st quarter I haven't been worried much throughout because I am quite confident that we will be patiently waiting for our next opponents after tonight. Speaking of which, Atlanta has a surprising advantage in a series we probably all thought the Orlando Magic were going to handle with ease. The Magic are one loss away from elimination, but the Bulls are ready for whoever draws us in the next round (I don't believe in jinxes, we're going to the next round).
The Cubs and Sox continue to leave us wondering why we have to be punished by two awful baseball teams, can't we just combine them and all suffer together in harmony? Lucky for us fans Mother Nature gave a 70 degree day on Saturday that had the crowds pouring into the always lovely Wrigley Field. Girls with their over sized sunglasses and guys in their flip flops and board shorts... Ah yes, summer is almost here. Meanwhile I think the White Sox blew a few more saves out on the east coast and somewhere in Michigan. Actually they didn't blow any saves they just flat out lost instead. But hey, big win last night in New York AND we somehow got save out of it... Don't stop now boys? (Yes I am a bitter disgruntled Sox fan).
TV on the Radio Concert Postponed; Arcade Fire a Triple Delight at UIC
On a more sad note TV On The Radio lost their former bassist Gerard Smith after a battle with lung cancer. The band went on to cancel five shows including their show at the Metro on Friday. If you had tickets please stay tuned to see if they announce a rescheduled date. Metro released a statement saying that tickets will be honored at a rescheduled show. Otherwise, try to catch the band at Pitchfork Festival later this summer as they will be headlining.
Arcade Fire Live at the UIC Pavilion 4/22 (Photo: S. Dempsey)
And now on to the happiest of notes, Arcade Fire just finished up their three day stint in Chicago last night. I was blessed (pun intended) with the opportunity to catch the band on Good Friday evening and it was nothing short of amazing. These guys always manage to pull on those sensitive strings in my heart. All I wanted to do after the show was ride my bike, hug my mom, and play with super soakers in the streets of my neighborhood.
They closed the show as expected with Wake Up after playing hits like Rebellion (Lies), Sprawl I (Flatlands), The Suburbs, and Keep The Car Running. They answered my wish when they played Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) near the end of the set. All the songs were accompanied by fitting back drops that depicted suburban scenes as well as roads, highways, mountains, and oceans. Video of the band members faded in and out of the backdrop scenes, on a stage that took the appearance of the outside signs at an old neighborhood movie theater. When they finally left the stage the crowd was not quiet for a second nor were they ready to file out. Arcade Fire returned minutes later and finished with powerful performances of Ready To Start, Neighborhood #3 (Power Out), and Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), a very satisfying finish to an already awesome show.