Gnarls Barkley played their first-ever show at the Hollywood Bowl last night (July 27), nearly selling out the 17,000-capacity venue.
The Cee-Lo Green–Danger Mouse duo were backed by a five-piece band and focused mostly on material from their most recent album ‘The Odd Couple’, playing only a handful of tracks from their debut ‘St Elsewhere’, including their cover of Violent Femmes‘ ‘Gone Daddy Gone’ and their mega-hit ‘Crazy’.
“I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but I’m contractually obligated to play this song,” Green joked before the band launched into the massive crowd-pleaser.
The duo were decked out in sparkling blue smoking jackets and bow-ties, but Green stripped down to a white T-shirt by the end of their 80-minute set.
“It’s so great to be here at the Hollywood Bowl. I’m acting cool but I’m actually very excited,” Green said, and the crowd roared back in response. The atmosphere was festive throughout the evening, with beach balls and glow sticks being tossed around and audience members blowing kisses to the band.
As usual, Danger Mouse didn’t say a word throughout the night, but looked content pounding away on his organ and xylophone.
The band returned for a three-song encore, which included a slightly off-key version of ‘Smiley Faces’ and a stellar cover of Radiohead‘s ‘Reckoner’ from their most recent album ‘In Rainbows’.
“Even though we have chart-shattering tunes of our own, we also have music we enjoy listening to,” Green quipped before launching into the Oxfordshire band’s song.
Gnarls Barkley played:
‘Gone Daddy Gone’
‘Just A Thought’
‘A Little Better’
‘Save My Soul’
–By our Los Angeles staff.