Patrick Wolf wins over LA crowd

London singer sells out the Troubadour

Patrick Wolf charmed a sold-out crowd at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night (May 16).

Performing his first LA show in four years, he ran through tracks from all three of his albums, focusing on the most recent, ‘The Magic Position’, and frequently choosing songs at random to the surprise of his bandmates.

Wolf was backed by a viola/violin player, a double bass, a drummer and a laptop – a far cry from his 2003 tour, which he told the audience consisted of he and his manager driving from city to city without a visa and sneaking into clubs because he was underage.

Dressed in shorts, suspenders and a gingham shirt that he tore off by the end of the night, he leapt across the stage and theatrically threw his 6’4″ body to the ground.

“This song was written when I was a troubadour with nothing but a ukulele on my back and a ticket to Cornwall,” he said when introducing the song ‘Tristan’, and the crowd went wild.

During the evening, Wolf sang lyrics from Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Sexy Back’ and referred to Paris Hilton‘s latest escapades, singing, Paris Hilton got sent to jail”. He also spontaneously broke into a rendition of ‘Moon River’ from the film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

Wolf said goodnight after an hour-and-a-half set, and was brought back for an encore by an extremely enthusiastic crowd. He concluded with the rousing ‘Accident & Emergency’ and ‘A Boy Like Me’.

Wolf played:

‘Overture’

‘Get Lost’

‘To The Lighthouse’

‘Pigeon Song’

‘Tristan’

‘Bluebells’

‘Libertine’

‘Childcatcher’

‘Moon River’

‘Stars’

‘The Magic Position’

‘The Fiddle & The Drum’

‘Accident & Emergency’

‘A Boy Like Me’

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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