Albert Hammond Jr wows a sold-out LA crowd

A proud Hammond Senior watches from the wings

Albert Hammond Jr played to a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre last night (March 6), marking the Stateside release of his debut solo album, ‘Yours To Keep’.

The Strokes guitarist-turned-frontman took the stage with a four-piece backing band, as Kraftwerk‘s ‘Autobahn’ blared from the speakers.

“How are you LA?” Hammond asked the packed house.

“It’s so great to be at a gathering of people, music and chandeliers,” he said pointing to the sparkling light fixtures in the old theatre.

Wearing a smart grey jacket and jeans, Hammond ran through album highlights including ‘101’, ‘Call An Ambulance’, and ‘Scared’, as well as a cover of Frank Black‘s ‘Old Black Dawning’.

Adoring fans screamed and sang along–apparently many had purchased the album as an import before yesterday’s US release.

“So the record came out today–that’s exciting,” was all he said to commemoration the occasion.

Hammond‘s backing band delivered a tight, no-nonsense performance throughout the evening, with few indulgences such as extended jams or solos.

Wrapping up the set with ‘Hard To Live In The City’, Hammond did a backwards summersault on the stage in lieu of an encore to round off the evening.

Throughout the show, a beaming Albert Hammond Senior watched from the theatre balcony while his son performed.

“What can I say? He’s my son and I think he’s amazing–he’s just got it,” Hammond Sr told NME.COM.

“He’s a good kid and I’m very proud. It’s deja vu–like watching myself,” said Hammond, who is a renowned singer-songwriter and co-founder of the British group, Family Dogg.

“I was recently looking through old magazine clippings — it’s incredible to see myself in NME, and now my son.”

The set list was:

‘In My Room’

‘Everyone Gets A Star’

‘Old Black Dawning’

‘Call An Ambulance’

‘In Transit’

‘Holiday’

‘Bright Young Thing’

‘Blue Skies’

‘101’

‘Scared’

‘Postal Blowfish’

‘Hard To Live In The City’

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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