LCD Soundsystem, forced to cancel a highly anticipated performance at Miami’s III Points Music, Art and Technology Festival last October due to Hurricane Matthew, has included the city among a handful of U.S. stops on a fall tour supporting its next album, “American Dream.”
Presented by III Points and AEG Presents, James Murphy and his Brooklyn-based electro-rock crew will perform Oct. 25 at the James L. Knight Center, with tickets on sale Friday, June 23, at LCDSoundsystem.com, AEGPresents.com and Ticketmaster.com, where a presale is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20.
In a 2016 Facebook post lamenting the storm and the mess it made of plans to fly down for III Points, Murphy committed to including Miami in any future performance plans.
“I have a long history with the promoters of the festival, and consider some of them friends,” Murphy wrote. “We’re genuinely sorry for anyone who wanted to see us. We obviously need to figure out something in Miami when we can.”
While the LCD Soundsystem show will occur two weeks after this year’s festival, III Points rep Lauren Perlstein says the concert is symbolic of the festival’s determination to shake off the bad karma of 2016. Arranging a local show on the LCD tour also may soothe hurt feelings of ticket holders for the 2016 festival that went on without one of its most popular acts.
“Last year was trying for III Points Festival, from Zika to Hurricane Matthew to LCD Soundsystem being forced to cancel their headlining set,” Perlstein said in an email. “We bounced back with a massive lineup for 2017, and committed ourselves to work with LCD Soundsystem to make it back to Miami. We honored our promise.”
On the strength of two new songs, “Call the Police” and “American Dream,” named Best New Tracks on Pitchfork and performed last month on “Saturday Night Live,” LCD Soundsystem sold out its current seven-night residency at Brooklyn Steel in 10 minutes.
The band’s fourth album and first in seven years, “American Dream” is set for release on Sept. 1. The accompanying tour includes dates in Europe, Canada and 15 U.S. cities.
Murphy called the recording of the album "for sure, the happiest I've ever been making a record.”
The Miami concert scheduled last fall was a coup for III Points, as LCD Soundsystem was still making its way back from a self-imposed exile.
In 2011, LCD Soundsystem signaled its departure from the music scene with “The Long Goodbye,” a three-hour farewell concert at a sold-out Madison Square Garden that yielded a live album and the documentary film “Shut Up and Play The Hits.” After years in hibernation, the band returned to the stage with a pair of New York shows in March 2016, followed by a tightly curated list of festivals and other performances, including the hurricane-dashed set on the III Points bill.
The 2017 edition of III Points will bring another strong lineup to Miami Oct. 13-15, including the xx, Gorillaz, Nicolas Jaar, Richie Hawtin, Rufus Du Sol, Kaytranada, Skepta and others. Tickets are now on sale at IIIPoints.com.