Arcade Fire headline Sleep Train Amphitheatre Tuesday night. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
It feels like so long ago: I was working downtown and Arcade Fire were touring behind their "Neon Bible" album. I decided to sneak off from my office to pick up my will call tickets from Spreckels early in the afternoon, and when I did, I was walked through the venue where the band was soundchecking. It was amazing to listen to the band with only a handful of people in the room, so I lingered as long as I could just to hear the magic, and their show later that night was incredible. So incredible, in fact, that I paid crazy money to see the band at the Hollywood Bowl on the same tour. Arcade Fire is different now...with a Grammy under their belts and loads of festivals and large shows -- tonight's show might not be as intimate as Spreckels (or their Casbah show before that), but the air will no doubt still be electric and the magic should fill Sleep Train Amphitheatre quite well. Get there early to catch Spoon and Dan Deacon open the show.
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Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.