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The National Wrap Up High Violet Tour

The National finished up a year and a half tour on Saturday night at New York’s Beacon Theater. My ladyfriend and I were lucky enough to catch what turned out to be a moving and really intimate tour finale. Overall the show was an A+. At times there were as many as 15 musicians on stage including a string section and a brass section with “two trombones”, something that Matt Berninger was apparently very proud of.

But the thing that made this show really special was how the band expressed their deep thanks, over and over and over, to the fans and the many people that helped them make High Violet and supported them on tour over the last year and a half. On the 5th or 6th thank you, you realized the words weren’t just lip service and they authentically felt indebted to all of us. The highlight of that sentiment was expressed best during the last song of the encore when the lights were turned up and the band invited about 40 people on stage and then engaged the audience in an intimate and chillingly beautiful sing-a-long of Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.

Although the recordings below aren’t great, I’m still glad I was able to get them for those of you who missed the show or weren’t able to catch the live video stream. You can check out the unplugged audience sing-a-long version of Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks below. Also included is a new song called “I Need My Girl” not to be mistaken with “I Need A Girl”, which would be . . . “sexist”. Compliments of danceyrselfclean, I’ve also included a video of I Need My Girl from the same Dec, 17th show. Thanks for the video Danielle.

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Vanderlyle-Crybaby-Geeks-Audience-Sing-Along-Live-Beacon-Theater-Dec-17-2011.mp3|titles=Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (Audience Sing Along) (Live Beacon Theater, Dec 17, 2011)]

Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (Audience Sing Along) (Live Beacon Theater, Dec 17, 2011)

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/I-Need-My-Girl-Live-Beacon-Theater-Dec-17-2011.mp3|titles=I Need My Girl (Live Beacon Theater, Dec 17, 2011)]

I Need My Girl (Live Beacon Theater, Dec 17, 2011)