Funeral Arcade fire(2004–2006) lineup Reading Festival

Funeral was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in the UK. The title of the debut album referred to the deaths of several relatives of band members during its recording. These events created a somber atmosphere that influenced songs such as “Une année sans lumière” (“A Year Without Light”), “In the Backseat”, and “Haïti”, Chassagne’s elegy to her lost homeland.
The album was critically and commercially well-received. It appeared on many top ten album lists for 2004 and 2005 (due to delayed international releases), with Pitchfork, Filter, and No Ripcord crowning it the album of the year. The MTV2 2005 Review named Funeral the Album of the Year, and NME named Funeral second in their list of 2005’s best albums, and “Rebellion (Lies)” the second best track. By November 2005, Funeral had gone gold in both Canada and the UK, and sold over half a million copies worldwide, a very large number for an independent release with minimal television or radio exposure. The album became Merge Records’ first in the Billboard 200 chart and the label’s biggest selling album to date, surpassing Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
The band booked small clubs for their 2004 tour, but growing interest forced many venue changes, far beyond the band’s expectations, and the tour continued into mid-2005 throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the SummerSonic Festival in Japan, and the Hillside Festival in Guelph. Taking much of the summer of 2005 off, the band made key festival appearances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, Electric Picnic in Ireland and the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.
The Arcade Fire was featured on the April 4, 2005 cover of Time’s Canadian edition. On May 1, 2005, the band performed for 15,000 fans at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.In May 2005, the band signed a short-term publishing contract with EMI for Funeral, and in June the band released a new single, “Cold Wind”, on “Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends”. The BBC used the track “Wake Up” on an advertisement for their autumn 2005 season, and the tracks “Rebellion (Lies)” and “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” on adverts in January 2006. On September 9, 2005, the band appeared on the UK/U.S. television special “Fashion Rocks”, on which David Bowie joined them for “Wake Up”. This recording, as well as recordings of the band’s collaboration on Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and “Five Years,” were made available on the iTunes Music Store in a virtual live EP. The same trip to New York City took them to the Late Show with David Letterman and a concert in Central Park. The Central Park show featured a surprise appearance by Bowie. On September 11, 2005, the Arcade Fire appeared on the long-running BBC music series Top of the Pops, performing “Rebellion (Lies)”. The band also performed to a TV audience in Paris for Canal+, and the show was later screened on UK television’s Channel 4. The band scored two number one songs on MTV2 (UK) NME Chart Show, with “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” and a three week run with “Wake Up”. This success followed Rough Trade Records’s last-minute decision to release “Wake Up” only on 7″ vinyl.
“Wake Up” was played immediately before the Irish rock group U2 opened their concerts on their 2005–2007 Vertigo Tour; the Arcade Fire subsequently opened three shows for that tour, and at the third appeared on stage during U2’s encore to join in a cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.Additionally, the Dan Patrick Show, a daily national sports talk show in the US, plays the song as a lead-out every Friday to signify the end of their show. The song was also heard numerous times during the Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2010.
Funeral and the single “Cold Wind” were nominated for Grammys in the Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media categories (Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends), respectively. On April 2, 2006, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Arcade Fire received the Juno Award for Songwriters Of The Year for three songs from Funeral: “Wake Up”, “Rebellion (Lies)”, and “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”.The band was nominated for three BRIT Awards: Best International Group, Best International Album, and Best International Breakthrough Act.
The Arcade Fire made an appearance on the BBC show Later with Jools Holland on May 12, 2005, performing “Power Out” and “Rebellion (Lies)”. On December 27, 2005, Funeral was ranked #1 on MTV2’s “50 Greatest Albums of the Year” in the United Kingdom. On October 22, 2007, Funeral was ranked #8 in Bob Mersereau’s book The Top 100 Canadian Albums.In late 2009, Pitchfork Media ranked the album #2 in their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.
‘Wake Up’ is also used as the entrance music for English Premier League football team, Burnley FC.

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