RAZORLIGHT STORM THE PALACE!

“That was great,” Johnny Borrell tells NME.COM…

Razorlight made a triumphant start to their two-night residency at LONDON’s ALEXANDRA PALACE yesterday (March 23).

Playing for a sold out and enthusiastic crowd, as promised the band set about “sending off” their debut album ‘Up All Night’ in style.

With the stage decorated with large ferns and old fashioned lamps, Razorlight played favourites from their album along with two new tracks – ‘Keep The Right Profile’ and forthcoming single ‘Somewhere Else’.

The show began with the band being introduced on stage by comedian Noel Fielding, who appeared in the guise of ‘Mighty Boosh’ character The Cockney Slasher.

“The crowd were baying for Razorlight,” Fielding told NME.COM afterwards. “So opening up for them was a little strange, but it was good. Razorlight are a great band, aren’t they?”

The band then played for over an hour, with frontman Johnny Borrell telling the crowd that Alexandra Palace – once the home of the BBC – was only a stone’s throw from where he grew up.

“This has been amazing,” he declared. “I grew up a few streets away, just down there!”

The band played:

‘Rip It Up’

‘(Don’t Go Back To) Dalston’

‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Lies’

‘Bright Lights’

‘V.I.C.E.’

‘Up All Night’

‘Which Way Is Out’

‘Leave Me Alone’

‘Get It And Go’

‘Keep The Right Profile’

‘Golden Touch’

‘Somewhere Else’

‘In The City’

‘Fall, Fall, Fall/ Milk’

‘To The Sea’

‘Stumble And Fall’

On ‘Leave Me Alone’, Borrell worked stops from the route of the Number 29 – the London Bus he wrote the track on – into the song, while as on previous dates for encore track ‘Fall, Fall, Fall’ he added lyrics from the Kings Of Leon’s ‘Milk’.

Speaking after the gig, drummer Andy Burrows admitted the experience had been amazing, but it was all still sinking in for the band.

“That was great, I really enjoyed it,” he said. “It still feels weird, last time I was here was to see Blur in 1994.”

The shows had originally been scheduled for February, but were moved due to the severe sore throat Borrell developed in America and so the singer was saving his voice after the show. However, he summed-up his evening for NME.COM, simply declaring with a massive smile, “That was just great!”

[a][/a] play a second night at Alexandra Palace tonight (March 24). Their next single ‘Somewhere Else’ is released on April 11.