Coachella 2022: Arcade Fire, 'grown up' and reflective, returns to Coachella with emotional set

If the days of indie rockers still being able to make a splash at Coachella have been on their death bed, then Arcade Fire may have shown up just in time to save the day.

The band's appearance, which was announced only a day before their set, proved to be the perfect surprise for anyone missing the days

It's been seven long years since Arcade Fire did just that, but those days didn't feel so far away as a crowd packed the Mojave stage for a show that could only be described as emotional and even cathartic.2

Things did get off to a troubling start after lead singer Win Butler had to stop singing only moments after launching into their new single

But if the crowd was "waiting for the lightning," they quickly started to get it as Butler launched into the companion song,

The Lightning II." By the end of that song, the crowd was loudly clapping along and Butler was triumphantly holding his guitar above his head.

The show's emotional zenith came soon after, when Butler stopped to remind the crowd about how Coachella was where Arcade Fire was "introduced to the world in 2005."

He then launched into a poignant rendition of "The Suburbs," during which he made a small but pointed change to one of the song's most iconic lyrics to say

Then, finally, it was time for "Wake Up," (what else?) and the moment lived up to the song's jubilance with everyone in sight belting along.