Went to Interpol show the other night at MSG. My guess is the band is bummed right now, because they bombed. Musically, I really liked it. But the performance was a joke.
First of all, the place was only 2/3 full because they couldn't sell enough tickets. It gave the appearance of an empty restaurant on the busiest night of the week.
The stage seemed to swallow the band because they didn't know what to do with it. They had a weak lighting show and this horrible shim thing that was supposed to come down after the first dong but didn't. They actually had to stop the show to get the thing to drop. It must have been embarasing for them and I think set the tone for the rest of the show.
Finally, they have trouble playing more than an hour. And when you play the Garden you need to be able to play at least 90 minutes if not two or three hours! Come on, this is your opportunity to blow NYC away!
Anyway, I was happy I went to the show as I am a big fan. I was underwhelmed though and think they need to re-evaluate what worked and didn't work so they can get it right next time.
Hopefully they get that chance. Or if they're smart, next time maybe they will do 5 sold out shows in a row at Radio City and stick with what they are great at.