THE FRAN WHO CHARMED LA!

A star-studded crowd check out the Scots janglers' new material - and they like what they hear...

TRAVIS, who scored the highest first-week sales of the year with their Number One album ‘THE INVISIBLE BAND’ on Sunday (June 17), selling over 200,000, played a secret show in LOS ANGELES last weekend.

The band, currently on tour in the US with Dido, played a low-key show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on Friday (June 15), in front of a small crowd of fans and record industry figures.

According to one fan at the gig who contacted NME.COM, Dani Barnard, the band took the stage at 10:15 p.m. after announced acts Waxwings and Chamber Strings.

Dani said: “They performed a blazing set of old and new favourites… Older favourites like ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ and ‘Blue Flashing Light’ definitely gained a renewed freshness from their touring hiatus, and fitted well among the new songs from ‘The Invisible Band’. The memorable performance could only have been more perfect if they’d included songs from ‘Good Feeling’ or, possibly, performed ‘Killer Queen’.”

The set list was:

‘Sing’

‘Writing to Reach You’

‘Pipe Dreams’

‘As You Are’

‘Driftwood’

‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’

‘Last Train’

‘Turn’

‘Side’

‘The Cage’

‘Flowers In the Window’

‘Slide Show’

‘Blue Flashing Light’

Fran Healy dedicated ‘Slide Show’ to the crowd, saying that Los Angeles had become “sort of a second home” to the band. He also dedicated ‘The Cage’ to his friend Cinjun Tate of Remy Zero who was in the audience. Also at the star-studded show were producer Nigel Godrich, the

Hanson brothers of ‘Mmm Bop’ fame, actor Ben Stiller, Golden Globe-winning US TV actress Keri Russell, ‘A Knight’s Tale’ star Heath Ledger and Hollywood hunk Jason Schwartzman.

As reported on Sunday on NME.COM, Travis, who headline the Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds festivals on August 24 and 25 respectively, and Glasgow Gig On The Green on August 26, also saw their debut album ‘Good Feeling’ shoot from 127 to Number 19 in the album charts. Additionally, their last album ‘The Man Who’ has just had certified sales of 3.5 million.

In a statement, the band thanked their fans for putting them back on top of the charts again.

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