Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman played the first of two nights at Bush Hall
Karen O played the first of two nights at London’s Bush Hall last night (October 4), bringing solo album ‘Crush Songs’ to the UK for the first time.
Wearing a gold, sparkly playsuit and backed by a neon, illuminated sign reading ‘Crush Palace’, O and her three-piece backing band brought out songs from her recently-released LP as well as two covers of Radiohead and The Doors.
Opening with ‘NYC Baby’ and ‘Ooo’, Karen O then launched into 1970 Doors track ‘Indian Summer’ to the quiet and attentive audience. ‘Rapt’ was then performed with just an acoustic guitar, while the set as a whole featured a drum machine in place of a live drummer.
During ‘Other Side’, the band’s sampler went audibly wrong causing O and the crowd to simultaneously start laughing, while on the following track an audience member shouted out “Karen, I have a girl crush on you”. O herself engaged in small amounts of stage chat, thanking the crowd after ‘Hideaway’ and declaring, “Living in these modern times ain’t easy. There’s one thing you’ve got to keep in mind” before ‘Native Korean Rock’.
Elsewhere in the set, O donned a sparkling white glove as a nod to the late Michael Jackson during ‘King’ before leaving the stage for a lengthy period of time and returning for an encore.
Beginning the encore with a brief cover of Radiohead’s ‘High And Dry’, O then introduced the members of her band before addressing the audience for the final time. “When I was just a young girl of age 27, I wrote this song with my friends Jack and Dean in New York City,” she joked. “It was very late and we were very drunk and it goes like this.” She then concluded with ‘Singalong’ and ‘The Moon Song’.
Karen O played:
‘Comes The Night’
‘Native Korean Rock’
‘Day Go By’
‘High And Dry’
‘The Moon Song’
Karen O will conclude her shows at Bush Hall tonight (October 5).