April 15, 2007 21:04

Travis make surprise LA appearance

The Glaswegians preview new material

Travis make surprise LA appearance
Travis gave an unexpected performance in Los Angeles last night (April 14) at KCRW's A Sounds Eclectic Evening benefit concert.

Dressed in black white, the Glaswegians were received with a standing ovation as the evening's surprise guest at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre.

During their 40-minute set, the quartet ran through some of their biggest hits including 'Turn' and 'Driftwood', as well as several songs from their forthcoming album, 'The Boy With No Name', which is due out in May.

"It's been so long since we've been here," frontman Fran Healy told the sold-out crowd. "You all look a little bit older and a little bit cooler."

The band performed with minimal equipment, and at times had to vocally improvise instrument parts.

"We might as well play some new songs for you," said Healy. "This one's called 'Eyes Wide Open' and we'll do our best impression of a hi-hat," he said.

The band played a mix of old favourites and new tunes, which garnered positive responses from the 6,000-strong audience.

"I wrote this song the day after I found out I was going to be a papa," said Healy of the new track, 'My Eyes'.

Travis closed with their 1999 hit, 'Driftwood'.

"We'll see you in a few weeks for Coachella," Healy said before saying goodnight.

"It feels really good to be here," bassist Dougie Payne told NME.COM after the show. "It was the first time we played the new songs in such a stripped-down way."

"It was a great evening but I had no idea it was going to be this big," Payne admitted. "I was shocked when the cab driver said he was taking us to Universal Studios. It was quite nerve-wracking but it was the ideal opportunity to support KCRW and help out our long-time friend (KCRW Music Director) Nic (Harcourt)."

Travis played:

'Eyes Wide Open'
'Love Will Come Through'
'Selfish Jean'
'Writing To Reach You'
'My Eyes'

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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