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The 1975 At Madison Square Garden, Monday, November 7th, 2022 Reviewed

The last time I saw The 1975 was in 2019 at Gov Ball and my all time favorite band were fantastic. Yesterday I went to MSG to see them again…

Matthew (“Matty”) Healy’s great acting skills captivated me and the audience. His set was inspired by the song “fallingforyou” which showed a White House with 1970s theme decor. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert as Matt’s voice sounds the exact same as his recorded material. Trumpeter John Waugh was phenomenal wooing the crowd with his insane lung capacity. At one point Matt was shirtless and ate a few pieces of raw meat in front of the crowd and proceeded to do about 20 push-ups until he was “eaten” by a tv as he crawled through it; his performance was quite moving leaving me teary eyed by his intensity and the fact that I have grown up listening to the 1975 and listened to the band evolve over the years. My favorite part was when Healy waved at me and my partner up on a balcony at MSG. After playing most of the songs from the most recent album release Being Funny in a Foreign Language he proceeded to play songs from Notes on a Conditional Form, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, and I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Some throwbacks he played that amped up the energy of the night were “Somebody Else”, “Paris”, “The Sound, “Give Yourself A Try”, “Too Time’, “I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)”, “Love It If We Made It”, and “If You’re Too Shy To Let Me Know”.

I didn’t see the set list prior to coming to MSG and I was delightfully surprised to hear other songs from his previous albums. Matty checked in on the crowd often and engaged with us more as the night continued. The lighting made the set feel nostalgic and for the Jumbotrons the 1975s performance mimicked a movie which I found very clever and perfect for the bands aura as it was being streamed by Amazon and you can watch the concert above. It will be a night I shall never forget and I hope to see the 1975 again in a few years.

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