Godspeed You Black Emperor – Starlight Ballroom; Philadelphia, PA (2003-03-03)
With all this Godspeed You Black Emperor news sweeping the Internet, I am reminded of one of the best shows of theirs I ever witnessed. Myself, Sam, Lindsey and Vince from The Complex went to a show at the Starlight Ballroom in Philly in March of 2003. The stage in that venue was less than a foot off the ground, so the crowd sat and soaked in the music. That night marked the first time I heard “Albanian,” a song that I instantly fell in love with. When the band announced its hiatus, I assumed the song would remain unreleased, perhaps forever. I was happy to hear this morning that Godspeed performed it during their first tour date as a reformed band. The version of the updated “Albanian” is markedly different from the one I heard seven years ago. I think I prefer the 2003 arrangement, but I’ll wait to hear it live before I make up my mind for certain. If you’re not in Europe right now awaiting Godspeed tour dates, get your fix right here, right now.
Godspeed You Black Emperor
Starlight Ballroom; Philadelphia, PA
March 3rd, 2003
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