Kanye West makes surprise appearance at LA Christmas concert

The Cure, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand also get into the holiday spirit

Kanye West made a surprise appearance at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in Los Angeles last night (December 14).

The rap star was joined onstage by seven drummers to perform a handful of tracks from his new album ‘808s & Heartbreak’.

West joined a lineup that included headliners The Cure, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Paramore, Death Cab For Cutie, Scott Weiland, Vampire Weekend and Snow Patrol, who performed on a stage decorated with Christmas trees, snowflakes and fairy lights at the Gibson Amphitheatre.


Vampire Weekend kicked off the night with a lively, fun-filled set that drew a sizeable crowd despite its early start time. “I know it’s early and you have a lot of bands ahead, but it’d be nice to get up and move around,” frontman Ezra Koenig told the crowd, and many complied, standing up to dance.

Snow Patrol then played a short set, during which they played a brief cover of Coldplay‘s ‘Yellow’.

Later in the evening, Franz Ferdinand offered up one of the liveliest sets of the evening, playing old favourites including ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘Do You Want To’ as well as previewing material from their forthcoming album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’.

“The gentle winter sunshine is a welcome change from winter in Glasgow,” frontman Alex Kapranos told the crowd, who sang along and danced to nearly every song.

Paramore also kept the crowd’s energy high during their brief, hit-filled performance, led by a purple-haired singer Hayley Williams.

The Killers delivered the evening’s penultimate set, and surprisingly refrained from playing any of their Christmas songs. Instead they focused on material from their brand-new album ‘Day & Age’ as well as crowd-pleasers such as ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘When You Were Young’.


“We wouldn’t be here without The Cure so it’s really awesome to play here before them,” singer Brandon Flowers told the crowd, which included Gwen Stefani and other members of No Doubt, as well as Helena Bonham Carter and Jimmy Kimmel.

The Cure closed out the evening with an 80-minute set that featured a handful of new tracks from ‘4:13 Dream’ as well as classics spanning their career including ‘A Forest’, ‘Pictures Of You’, ‘The Walk’ and ‘In Between Days’.

Robert Smith, dressed all in black with his usual bird’s nest of hair, said very little in between songs, focusing instead on delivering tight versions of new and old material.

The band were called back for the only encore of the evening, and treated the crowd to old favourites including ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and ‘Jumping Someone Else’s Train’.

The Cure played:

‘Pictures Of You’


‘The Perfect Boy’

‘Alt End’

‘The Walk’

‘The End Of The World’


‘The Only One’

‘Wrong Number’


‘Friday I’m In Love’

‘In Between Days’

‘Just Like Heaven’


‘A Forest’

‘Boys Don’t Cry’

‘Jumping Someone Else’s Train’

‘Grinding Halt’

’10:15 Saturday Night’

‘Killing An Arab’

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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