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Grammys 2011: Arcade Fire book 'secret' show, put fans' Internet-refresh-ability on high alert

February 7, 2011 |  6:24 pm

In the days leading up to Sunday's Grammy Awards, which Pop & Hiss will be covering live, this blog will tackle various Grammy artists, personalities, categories and just plain oddities. 

When the Arcade Fire played the Shrine Auditorium in October, the gigs sold out quickly and caused traffic headaches. As much as this Pop & Hiss contributor enjoyed the show, missing eight songs while sitting in a car for 90 minutes one block from the venue kinda-sorta distracted from the anthemic experience. 

So a last-minute, pre-Grammy Awards concert at an as-yet-unknown rather small venue should be a picnic in comparison. This much is known thus far, and it's all come courtesy of manager Scott Rodger's Twitter feed -- although your friendly Pop & Hiss reporters have independently confirmed that the show is a go for later this week. 

The venue is all-ages, there will be no booze and it's somewhere in the 500-capacity range. Also, as Rodger stated, FYF Fest promoter Sean Carlson is involved. Rodger expressed appreciation of Hollywood's American Legion Hall, but the venue still remains unknown to us. However, Rodger promised today that details will be released in 48 hours, but don't color us surprised if 48 hours becomes 72 hours.

Already stressed about getting in? Don't worry: The band has a strategy. As Rodger tweeted: "All ages show. Cheap tix. We want fans to get all the tix thus we have to plan." So stand by...

--Todd Martens

Photo: Arcade Fire's Win Butler at the Shrine in October. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times