The National Performs ‘Boxer’ & Debuts New Song At Homecoming Festival


This weekend, The National curated and headlined the inaugural Homecoming festival in the band’s hometown of Cincinnati. During yesterday’s apperarance, The National performed their 2007 album Boxer in its entirety and began the encore by debuting a new original song.

Performing for the second straight day at Cincinnati’s Smale Park, The National’s main set began with the Boxer opening track “Fake Empire” and 12 songs later landed on the record’s closer “Gospel.” The group was accompanied at various points of the performance by Lisa Hannigan and Ben Sloan. Later in the set following the Boxer re-creation, Jan St. Werner also emerged to guest on the Sleep Well Beast tracks “Walk It Back” and “I’ll Still Destroy You.”

The encore began with frontman Matt Berninger leading the band through their debut live offering of the new original “Light Years.” Footage of the first-time performance was captured by Raine Usiak, watch below:


The National at Smale Riverfront Park

  • Fake Empire
  • Mistaken for Strangers
  • Brainy
  • Squalor Victoria  
  • Green Gloves
  • Slow Show  
  • Apartment Story
  • Start a War  
  • Guest Room  
  • Racing Like a Pro
  • Ada  
  • Gospel
  • The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  • Walk It Back  
  • I'll Still Destroy You  
  • The Geese of Beverly Road
  • Conversation 16
  • Pink Rabbits
  • Graceless
  • Light Years  
  • Born to Beg
  • Terrible Love  
  • About Today