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Interpol lights up Queens with spectacular hometown show

Interpol shined Saturday night at Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium.

The New York City-based band performed their debut album “Turn on the Bright Lights” from top to bottom to mark its 15th anniversary.

Guitarist Daniel Kessler and his tie-clad comrades powered through each track flawlessly, from “Untitled” through “Specialist,” producing a spot-on sound that closely mirrored the recording.

Interpol didn’t skimp on those bright lights, either. An impressive light board behind the band packed a punch and left the audience seeing spots. The flashing lights, synced up with the songs, were so bright they often obscured the musicians on stage.

Interpol turns the bright lights on seminal album 15 years later

The show featured an impressive lighting rig that was so bright, it often obscured the band. 

The show featured an impressive lighting rig that was so bright, it often obscured the band. 

(Thomas Levinson/New York Daily News)

Highlights from the full album set were “Obstacle 1,” “PDA,” “NYC” and “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down.” It felt special to hear the melancholy “NYC” in its namesake city, as fans belted the song’s lyrics, “It’s up to me now, turn on the bright lights,” from the pit and stands.

The latter half of the album, which holds fewer singles, served as an apt transition to the band’s four-track encore of catalogue-spanning hits. At Forest Hills, Interpol performed “Not Even Jail,” “Slow Hands,” “Lights” and “All the Rage Back Home.”

The stadium’s 10 p.m. curfew hurt the band here, as they seemed to have more songs to share with their hometown crowd.

Guitarist Daniel Kessler feelin’ it at the band’s NYC homecoming.

Guitarist Daniel Kessler feelin’ it at the band’s NYC homecoming.

(Thomas Levinson/New York Daily News)

But it was nevertheless a historic night for Interpol and their fans in Queens.

On Friday night they played through the album before a much smaller audience at Bowery Ballroom.

Next week they’ll take the show on the road to Los Angeles, the only other “Turn on the Bright Lights” performance Interpol has slated.

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