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Sigur Ros @ Patriot Center

Sigur Ros @ Patriot Center

FAIRFAX, VA - March 24th, 2013 -  Jonsi  (left) of Sigur Ros performs at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the opening date of their 2013 North American tour.  The band will hit 15 cities in North America touring behind their 2012 album, Valtari. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

It’s been a while since a large band started their US tour here in D.C., but that’s exactly what Sigur Ros did last week, kicking off their 2013 trek across the States at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. I must confess I had no idea how popular the band was. Fans packed the place to the rafters.

FAIRFAX, VA - March 24th, 2013 -  Jonsi and Orri Páll D?rason of Sigur Ros perform at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the opening date of their 2013 North American tour.  The band will hit 15 cities in North America touring behind their 2012 album, Valtari. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

FAIRFAX, VA - March 24th, 2013 -  Jonsi and Orri Páll D?rason of Sigur Ros perform at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the opening date of their 2013 North American tour.  The band will hit 15 cities in North America touring behind their 2012 album, Valtari. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Unfortunately there was a big restriction to this show. All photogs had to pick a side and shoot our three songs from there. And since this was the first date of the tour, I had no info to work off of as far as choosing a side. I decided on the right side of the pit (stage left) because that side of the stage seemed like it had clearer sightlines (the band had a ton of monitors and lighting equipment on the front of the stage, severely limiting our view). Luckily I chose right, Jonsi spent much of our three songs facing in our direction.

FAIRFAX, VA - March 24th, 2013 -  Jonsi  of Sigur Ros performs at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the opening date of their 2013 North American tour.  The band will hit 15 cities in North America touring behind their 2012 album, Valtari. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Lights were mostly deep reds but there were a few blessed moments of clarity. Honestly, I expect much worse.

FAIRFAX, VA - March 24th, 2013 -  Georg Hólm (left) and Jonsi  (middle) of Sigur Ros performs at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the opening date of their 2013 North American tour.  The band will hit 15 cities in North America touring behind their 2012 album, Valtari. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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