So I wander about the surrounding neighborhood for a bit, hearing the scalpers trying to sell tickets for ridiculous prices ($175+ for the sold-out GA section, same as on CL) and also the venue, inquiring on tickets/seating/prices/etc, as I fully am not expecting to be on the list for a show this important, and that's totally fine. I want to make sure I make it in by the 8pm start time as Cedric had said good things about Wavves and I had missed their set in Boston. Well, at 7:45pm I got a text: Hi tasha u re ticket is at the box office u are under tasha Rose see u
WOW. Seriously?! For MSG?! I felt like I had won the fucking lottery, I was so pumped and just smiling ear to ear, my cheeks hurt. Like a dork, I even jumped up and down a couple of times and fucking skipped to the BO. This is a huuuuge show for them, how was there space for me on that list?! At the BO they said the tickets weren't available yet, but it didn't matter at this point, as there would be one somewhere back there soon, with my name on it! After checking every 5-10mins or so they finally arrived at 8:15pm - mine was in the sold-out GA section!
Still smiling and feeling amped, I make my way outside and over to the GA entrance, and finally arrive at the floor. The venue was huge and there were lots of people already. I wondered how many more would arrive later although I wasn't worried about the turnout at all. I caught Dirty Projector's set and was meh on it - too much vocal screech and hipster vibe for my taste, but they were, um, interesting, I suppose. I just wanted to see Phoenix start rocking out!
|The lovely Cedric doing guitar/sound check.|
|Thomas Mars. All of the times I've seen Phoenix play, they all have this same look on their faces - of awe and gratitude. I love it!!|
So, the "big surprise"..... During the last part of "If I Ever Feel Better", where the band turns all heavy and rock, the noise goes electronic and static as all the lights go out and DAFT PUNK is suddenly on stage!!! OMG. OMFG. OMG!! Are you fucking for real?? Daft fucking Punk?! YES! It was them! They went into "Harder Better Faster Stronger" and then Phoenix mixed in the rock part of the song they'd been playing, and Daft Punk segued into "Around The World" after that, mixed in with Thomas' lyrics.
Then, the big moment of "1901", where Daft Punk added some synth to the song. The crowd lost their fucking minds during all of their appearance, as if they weren't crazy excited already. It was amazing! I was (and still am!) so floored. Yes, Daft Punk in their first live act in 3yrs, with Phoenix, at Madison Square Garden in New York. And I was fucking there. :)
|Phoenix & Daft Punk at MSG. My camera wasn't wide enough to get them all in as I was zooming and trying to get a clear shot through all the arms (sorry Rob! You're in another shot.)|