Yeah Yeah Yeahs open UK tour in Manchester

Karen O puts in a superstar performance on their first show

Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the opening night of their UK tour last night (April 22) at the Manchester Academy – only their third gig supporting new album ‘It’s Blitz!’.

Wearing a pink scarf over her head which shone up fluorescently to show a spiral pattern over her face, singer Karen O stalked the stage during opener ‘Heads Will Roll, setting the tone for a raucous set, which included a cover of The Cramps‘Human Fly’.

New songs ‘Dull Life’ and ‘Skeletons’ went down well with the crowd, but it was single ‘Zero’ which upped the ante of the set, with O donning her customised leather jacket and jumping around ecstatically along with the crowd.

The band also played earlier song ‘Miles Away’ and a singalong version of 2006 single ‘Gold Lion’, and encored with ‘Maps’, from 2003 debut album ‘Fever To Tell’.

Returning to the stage wearing a slightly-too-large white kimono for the encore, O dedicated the song to the lovers of the members of the band, then to the Manchester crowd.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs played:

‘Heads Will Roll’
‘Black Tongue’
‘Human Fly’
‘Phenomena’
‘Dull Life’
‘Gold Lion’
‘Miles Away’
‘Skeletons’
‘Soft Shock’
‘Down Boy’
‘Zero’
‘Y Control’
‘Maps’
‘Date With The Night’