Elbow serenaded by crowd at Los Angeles show

The Manchester band are triumphant at The Greek Theatre

Elbow were serenaded by the crowd at their show at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last night (October 1).

After frontman Guy Garvey told the audience that they’ve been celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band at every show they’ve played this year, the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Bury act before each member downed a shot glass full of hard liquor.

Also, before breaking into ‘Grounds For Divorce, Garvey had the crowd singing a made-up on the spot song that went: ‘O The Greek/O The Greek-o/‘Neath the stars/At The Greek-o’.


“What a beautiful setting. What a beautiful place,” said a black-clad Garvey at the start of the show, referring to the picturesque outdoor venue’s tree shaded seating and view of the star studded night sky. The Greek Theatre was featured in the 2010 Russell Brand starring rock and roll comedy film Get Him To The Greek.

Garvey was in high spirits and joked with the audience throughout the show. After saying “chocks away” before starting a track, he explained: “I do find myself Brit-ing it up in America. I find myself saying things like ‘good show’. I never fucking say that at home.”

Elbow‘s set drew mainly on material from their 2008 Mercury Music Prize winning album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ and this year’s ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’, including the singles ‘Neat Little Rows’, ‘Open Arms’ and ‘Lippy Kids’.

Elbow play a one-off homecoming show later this month. The band are set to be backed by the Halle Youth Choir at Manchester Cathedral on October 27.

Elbow played:

‘The Birds’
‘The Bones Of You’
‘Neat Little Rows’
‘Grounds For Divorce’
‘The Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver’
‘Great Expectations’
‘The Night Will Always Win’
‘Puncture Repair’
‘The River’
‘Lippy Kids’
‘Weather To Fly’
‘Open Arms’
‘Station Approach’
‘One Day Like This’