Glasvegas played their very first show in Los Angeles last night (January 14) for a sold-out, star-studded crowd at the Troubadour.
Fans queued for hours trying to get tickets for the hotly tipped show, some paying more than three times the face-value ticket price to see the Glaswegians perform.
Taking the stage bathed in white light and fog, the band launched into ‘Flowers And Football Tops’ and segued into ‘Lonesome Swan’.
Frontman James Allan said very little throughout their 50-minute set aside from “thank you” to the adoring crowd, which included famed U2 and Metallica producer Rick Rubin, Lisa Marie Presley and her husband, producer Michael Lockwood, former Bauhaus man David J and The Charlatans‘ Tim Burgess.
“I wrote this song yesterday and I think it’s the best song I’ve ever written,” quipped Allan before playing a cover of ‘Be My Baby’, the Phil Spector tune made famous by The Ronettes.
The crowd went wild for hits including ‘Geraldine’ and ‘Daddy’s Gone’, which ended the night and culminated in a mass-singalong.
Before the show, Allan told NME.COM that it was his first ever trip to Los Angeles. “It’s a bit hot here for us Glaswegians,” he said, adding that the warm weather may help his sore throat resulting from doing so many US television and radio promos.
Former Dirty Pretty Things and The Libertines man Carl Barat opened for Glasvegas, performing songs from both of his former bands as well as solo material. Barat stood on stage alone with his electric guitar, except when he was joined by Glasvegas‘ Allan, who harmonised with him on the chorus of ‘Blood Thirsty Bastards’.
‘Flowers And Football Tops’
‘Please Come Back Home’
‘Polmont On My Mind’
‘Ice Cream Van’
‘Go Square Go’
‘Be My Baby’
–By our Los Angeles staff.