Richard Hawley wraps up US tour in LA Get Tickets

He mesmerizes a sold-out crowd

Richard Hawley, City Hall, Sheffield, September 12, 2007. Pic: Danny North
Richard Hawley wrapped up his US tour with a sold-out show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night (December 13).

The singer mesmerized the crowd with a 90-minute set that included several tracks from his latest album 'Lady's Bridge' as well as 2005's 'Cole's Corner'.

"This is our last show of the tour so hopefully you can do better than San Francisco," he cajoled, encouraging the crowd to make some noise.

The gifted singer (who was in once the touring guitarist for Pulp and a member of Longpigs) ran through tracks including 'Cole's Corner', 'Roll River Roll', 'Tonight The Streets Are Ours' and 'Born Under A Bad Sign'.

He won over the crowd with his deep, melodic baritone and laid-back stage banter. "This one's called 'Lady's Bridge', and it's not a euphemism," he quipped.

After introducing his band, Hawley added, "My name's Susan and I'm a cross dresser from San Diego."

The crowd cheered and sang along throughout the evening, and went wild when Hawley returned for a two-song encore that included 'Hotel Room', which he explained was a song about addiction, as well as slow-builder 'The Ocean'.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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