Arcade Fire is an indie darling that headlines major festivals like Coachella and has scored two No. 1 albums in a row -- Grammy winner "The Suburbs" and follow-up "Reflecktor."
Considering the Montreal-based band hasn't played Pittsburgh since 2004 (Rex Theater), you'd think the demand for tickets would be huge. Based on the Consol Energy Center seating chart, it doesn't look like that's the case.
So far, the Arcade Fire show on March 12 is looking more Jay-Z than Billy Joel in terms of attendance. The chart would indicate that the 200 level is closed (gray) and that there are plenty of seats on the floor and 100 level (blue). There was already a half-off Groupon deal.
What's the problem with AF in Pittsburgh? Could be we just don't know them as people.
"They have not paid their dues," says a local insider. "That sounds insane to most people, with No. 1 album after No. 1 album, indie darlings, critical press, international festival headline act... However, they never pounded away at the heartland over and over on their way up and didn't play all the midsize markets like Pittsburgh three to four times."
Or maybe people just don't have the right "formal wear or costume" the band suggested they wear to the show ...