What makes the retirement of LCD Soundsystem so shocking is that the Brooklyn-based band is walking away while it's still on top.
LCD mastermind James Murphy is only 41, but he has said he wants to stop performing before "it gets embarrassing." Never mind that the band's "This Is Happening" was one of last year's best albums or the single "I Can Change" was one of the band's best songs ever.
Never mind that LCD Soundsystem is only reaching arena-level stature now. His mind is made up and, as he told Stephen Colbert recently, he is looking forward to running his label, the influential DFA Records, and "making coffee." Here are some things to know before the band's final show Saturday at the Garden:
1. FRENZIED SALE It sold out in minutes, crashing websites and slowing Ticketmaster to a crawl, as scalpers competed with fans for tickets. The debacle ended in tirades from Murphy, loads of conspiracy theories and the addition of four shows at Terminal 5 this week to try to accommodate the demand.
2. THERE'S A DRESS CODE The band is asking that fans dress in all black, all white or black and white, for the show.
3. YOU'RE NOT SHUT OUT For those who didn't land a ticket, Pitchfork will be live-streaming the show on its website. However, you do have to watch while it's happening because it will not be rebroadcast.
WHO LCD Soundsystem
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Madison Square Garden
INFO $40 for Terminal 5 and $35-$49.50 for the Garden; 800-745-3000 (sold out but check for last-minute availability)
Though the Terminal 5 sets will change throughout the week, here's what fans say the band played Monday night.
"Dance Yrself Clean"
"I Can Change"
"Time to Get Away"
"Daft Punk Is Playing at My House"
"Yr City's a Sucker"
"All My Friends"
"You Can't Hide (Shame on You)"
"Sound of Silver"
"Out in Space"
"Freak Out / Starry Eyes"
"Us v Them"
"You Wanted a Hit"
ENCORES "Someone Great / Losing My Edge / Home / New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down"