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The National: Forest Hills Stadium 2017

The National at Forest Hills Stadium (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)

The National at Forest Hills Stadium (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)

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Sleep Well Beast, the latest album from The National, finds the band taking its trademark subtle intensity and bringing it to new heights. Naturally, we couldn’t wait to hear a bunch of the new songs live in our last broadcast of the season from Forest Hills Stadium.

To say the band was in fine form is a massive understatement, but have a listen for yourself. With so many standouts — from new tracks "Dark Side of the Gym," "Day I Die" and "Turtleneck" to favorites "Secret Meeting," "Bloodbuzz Ohio" and "Fake Empire" — it was a dream setlist for fans. Throw in their locally appropriate cover of the Ramones’ "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and it was a pretty perfect evening in Queens.

Stream the whole concert and see more photos below, and check out Rita Houston's pre-show interview with Matt Berninger too.

Setlist:

  • Nobody Else Will Be There
  • The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  • Walk It Back
  • Guilty Party
  • Don't Swallow the Cap
  • Afraid of Everyone
  • Dark Side of the Gym
  • I'll Still Destroy You
  • Turtleneck
  • I Need My Girl
  • Secret Meeting
  • Conversation 16
  • Slow Show
  • Apartment Story
  • Carin at the Liquor Store
  • Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • Day I Die
  • Fake Empire
  • About Today
    Encore:
  • Pink Rabbits
  • The KKK Took My Baby Away
  • Mr. November
  • Terrible Love
  • Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

[recorded: 10/6/17]

PLEASE NOTE: This performance has not been edited for language and contains profanity.

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