Last night’s concert in Indianapolis was awesome! The new album was well done live and it made me appreciate Bon Iver more – those songs were meant to be heard at a very high volume. The songs from For Emma, Forever Ago were redone to sound more like the last album, and those songs actually sounded better. The only exception was “Re: Stacks”, where Justin Vernon came out with just an electric guitar and performed the song solo just like the album. The room was totally silent – you could hear a pin drop (and I think I did a couple of times). It was powerful and it was one of the show’s many highlights. Other highlights included a beefed-up rendition of “Blood Bank”, a Bjork cover with awesome beat-boxing, and the final song “The Wolves: Act I and II” where Vernon had the whole crowd sing the line, “What might have been lost” increasingly louder as the band crescendoed into total chaos. It was truly a night to remember.
Here’s the setlist