October 3, 2008 21:35

Sigur Ros captivate sold-out LA crowd

Icelandic band bring new album to the Greek Theatre

Sigur Ros captivate sold-out LA crowd
Sigur Ros captivated a sold-out crowd at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last night (October 2) at their performance that alternated between hushed quiet and mass sing-alongs.

The Icelandic band opened the night with 'Svefn-G-Englar', which ended with an impossibly long gossamer note that held the crowd transfixed.

Frontman Jónsi Birgisson initially addressed the audience in Icelandic. The crowd chuckled and he added, "I was thinking you could sing with us." The audience complied and contributed the sing-song backing vocals to 'Med Blódnasir'.

The band focused largely on material from their most recent album 'Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust' including 'Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur', 'Vid Spilum Endalaust' and the main set closer 'Gobbledigook', before which Birgisson again asked the audience for help, this time by clapping. "But," he added, "you have to be in beat."

Drummers from opening band Parachutes joined Sigur Ros on stage with huge marching-band style drums, and the crowd joined in, clapping to the beat.

The band were brought back for two encores, during which they played 'Popplagid' and new album closing track 'All Alright'.

Sigur Ros played:

'Svefn-G-Englar'
'Glosoli'
'Ny Batteri'
'Vid Spilum Endalaust'
'Hoppipolla/Med blod'
'Festival'
'Heysatan'
'E-Bow'
'Saeglopur'
'Inni Mer Syngur'
'Hafsol'
'Gobbledigook'
'Popplagid'
'All Alright'


--By our Los Angeles staff.
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