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Interpol plays free concert at Mexico City’s Zocalo: 5 best moments

Vaseline 3 months ago

Interpol celebrated the biggest concert of its career with a free show on Saturday (April 20) at Mexico City’s Zócalo, where the band gathered more than 160,000 fans, according to figures provided by local authorities.

In the words of singer Paul Banks, it was “the most special evening” and “a great honor” to perform at a historic location for a country with which they have had a very close relationship for twenty years. The band – also consisting of guitarist Daniel Kessler and drummer Sam Fogarino (who is recovering from surgery and was covered by Chris Broome) – has visited the country just over twenty times. Banks lived and studied in Mexico when he was seventeen. This partly explains why he feels like he is in his ‘second home’, as he said Billboard Spanish hours before Saturday’s performance.

After moving to New York for college, the singer returned to Mexico City in 2005 and performed one of his most memorable concerts. That evening, at the Salón Mexica, he says he felt the “terrifying” beauty of the Mexican audience, as the venue was on the verge of collapse due to the sheer number of people gathered (about 7,000, according to promoter Iguapop).

This time at the Zócalo – the country’s main public square and the second largest in the world after China’s Tiananmen – everything was impeccable, including the sound, lights and logistics. The Mexico City government launched an operation with hundreds of police officers monitoring the main square and surrounding streets, where large screens were installed so more people could enjoy the show without mingling with the crowds. Although a light drizzle fell hours earlier, the mood did not waver.

Interpol joins a list of international stars who have performed at the Zócalo, including Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Rosalía, Café Tacvba and Vicente Fernández.

Below are some of our favorite moments from Interpol’s concert in Mexico City, including the full setlist.