The National (Getty)

It's been over a year and a half since The National have played New York City, which, for someone whose love affair with the band is going on eight years strong, is far too long. From the first time I saw them live in 2005—performing at their release party for Alligator at Supreme Trading (RIP)—through their run at Beacon Theater in 2011, the band's shows have always been an event. And now they're returning to the Brooklyn stage for possibly their biggest event here to date: a show at the 17,000-person capacity Barclays Center on June 5th.

Tickets go on sale to the public at this Friday, January 18th, at 11 a.m. via Ticketmaster, and at least two Gothamist staffers are wondering: will Trey show up?

Before they take over the arena, revisit a time the band was playing humble hotel lobbies—in 2005 drummer and Mets fan Bryan Devendorf penned this tour diary for us of their travels to SXSW; he did it again two years later when they were touring with the Arcade Fire; and again in 2011.

"Mr. November" performed at BAM in 2010:

"Conversation 16" on Letterman: