With an ebullient tide of distortion, Metric powered into "Black Sheep." They may have been the middle act, but the band obviously set out to prove (and did) that they were capable of headlining the historic venue. Emily Haines was an effervescent vision in her sparkly outfit, which gave way to a pair of shapely legs. It's no secret how she stays in such fantastic shape. The stage is her gym. Never content just to stand still, she spent the entire concert hopping from foot to foot in an aerobic dance. She was an absolute delight to watch, especially little things like pulling her microphone away to extend each "miiiiind" in "Youth Without Youth," or the tambourine theatrics to emphasize the crescendoes in "Help I'm Alive." "Synthetica" was probably my favorite performance of the night, with Jimmy Shaw's clean guitar lines shining brightly until the dense layers all forged into a dizzying climax under the strobe lights. I didn't want it to stop, but as it does on the album, the tune ended abruptly. "Breathing Underwater" saw Emily jabbing her tambourine triumphantly into the sky to punctuate each "Is this my life?" Haines strapped on a six-string to play rhythm on "Gold Guns Girls," and Shaw came center stage to rip into a soaring solo. Metric finished their set by giving the hallowed arena some "Stadium Love." "Thank you, Hayley! Thank you, New York City!" shouted Emily as she left the stage, Jimmy's guitar still feeding back to mix with the cheers. Yes, thank you, Hayley Williams, for picking such talented bands to open for you.
HELLOGOODBYE - 11.13.13 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (26 minutes, 11 seconds)
SET -...And Everything Becomes a Blur / When We First Met / Swear You're in Love / Here (in Your Arms) / Just Don't Let Go Just Don't / (Everything is) Debatable
METRIC - 11.13.13 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (38 minutes, 23 seconds)
Black Sheep / Youth Without Youth / Help I'm Alive / Synthetica / Breathing Underwater / Sick Muse / Gold Guns Girls / Stadium Love