The National‘s tour in support of their latest release Sleep Well Beast made its New York City stop last night at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. When your career spans across 7 albums, you have a ton of choices as far as songs go, but the crowd seemed ready for whatever tunes they may hear. We all have a favorite record from The National but whichever album that is for you, the band did not disappoint.
Kicking things off with “Nobody Else Will Be There,” they certainly played a good chunk of songs from Sleep Well Beast but they went on to play 24 songs in total pulling fan favorites from their very first album to the most recent. I would have liked to hear more from my favorite record of theirs, Boxer but it was the Sleep Well Beast tour after all.
They first finished a 19 song set with “About Today” then came back out for a 5 song encore which included a cover of the famous Ramones song “The KKK Took My Baby Away.”
The most memorable moment came when vocalist Matt Berninger ran out into the audience jumping on VIP hedges. He sang in and with the crowd, inciting a lullaby-like sing-along. It was a memorable and fitting end to the season for the outdoor venue Forest Hills Stadium who had a tremendous lineup of events this summer including the late Tom Petty (and The Hearbreakers) and recent grammy winner Chance The Rapper.
The National’s international tour is just getting started, so head over to their website below for all the dates. Just remember many are already sold out!