“There’s nothing unusual about this in any respect,” stated Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on Friday night time at 9:30 p.m. whereas surveying the scene from heart stage inside SoFi Stadium’s intimate YouTube Theater. It’s by no means odd to expertise a sold-out Bon Iver present however the frontman was referencing the individuality of the night time in that it was the band’s first present amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to that, there was a variety of gratitude swirling about within the new venue, each from Vernon and from the band’s diehard followers. “We love you very a lot,” he stated to the group to wild cheers and applause. “Thanks for becoming a member of us. I don’t know what to say — there’s nothing to fucking say. Simply mucho, mucho appreciation.”
The live performance hosted some starry bold-faced names in Brad Pitt and Billie Eilish who, like the remainder of the attendees, had been capable of not solely hear his compliments but in addition expertise a one-of-a-kind immersive present due to L-Acoustics. The audio specialists, well-known within the music enterprise for work at Hollywood Bowl, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and so forth., collaborated with Bon Iver to create a customized sound expertise for YouTube Theater, which hosted the band Friday and Saturday nights. Dubbed L-ISA Hyperreal Sound, it featured ultra-high-resolution spatial audio that created for an immersive expertise throughout which each and every instrument and vocal might be heard.
The acoustics proved to be an ideal match for Bon Iver’s setlist, designed to honor the 10-year milestone of the band’s self-titled album, one thing Vernon famous throughout his casually cool remarks over the course of the night time. “I’m going to let you know, it’s been per week of celebrating. We’ve simply been sitting round celebrating all day, on daily basis,” joked Vernon as he was joined onstage by bandmates Sean Carey, Jenn Wasner, Mike Lewis, Matt McCaughan and Andy Fitzpatrick. “No, however we actually do recognize it. That album is simply 10 songs so we’re going to play a bunch of different songs, too.”
He made good on that promise because the band stretched their skills over a 23-song set (seen in full under) that was complemented by the audio in addition to visible treats in a vibrant gentle show to match the temper of every music.
Talking of temper, Vernon additionally circled again to his earlier assertion concerning the strangeness of the night time by referencing life amid a pandemic. After asking the viewers in the event that they considered something good throughout the pandemic, he provided his personal philosophical questions: “What’s a music live performance like? Why? Why something?”
Bon Iver’s full Set checklist for Oct. 22, 2021 at YouTube Theater in Los Angeles
“U (Man Like)”
“Blood Financial institution”
In different Bon Iver information, the band introduced their return to the highway with a full slate of 2022 tour dates at such venues as Forest Hills Stadium in New York, Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, and two nights at Austin’s Moody Amphitheater with help from Dijon and Bonny Mild Horseman. The total lineup, which kicks off in March, will be discovered right here.