So, for those of you who watched [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]LCD Soundsystem[/lastfm]‘s final, 3+ hour set last Saturday night (April 2) at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York — which featured guests such as the Juan Maclean, Reggie Watts, Sh*t Robot and Arcade Fire — that was pretty incredible, right? I guess we can say we lost “Someone Great.”
And, we did. Thousands of LCD Soundsystem fans, all of whom wore black and white in honor of the band’s farewell show, mourned the death of LCD. Some even shared a melody of eulogies with our friends at MSG, who came to the show equipped with a FanCam.
“It’s too soon, give us a little more, just when I got in, you’re pulling me out,” said one highly emotional LCD Soundsystem fan. Others were going to do exactly what James Murphy asked them to do: “Dance Yrself Clean.” Many more shared memories of their first LCD show.
Now if I may have a few words. I’d like to say goodbye by dedicating “It’s Hard To Say Goodbye” by Boys II Men to the punk-funk rock-tronica group and their leader James Murphy, who will always be remembered as the antihero of the anti-hipster. But whether you think he was part of the solution, or most of the problem, you can’t deny that his crossing of retro rock with dance beats–both for his own project as well as that of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rapture[/lastfm]–is one of the finest innovations of our indie-friendly times. LCD, you will be greatly missed!