Kate Nash concluded the first-ever NME Awards USA Tour in Los Angeles last night (May 14) by playing a marathon set for a packed house of adoring fans.
Wearing a brightly coloured floral-print dress, the singer got things jumping from her very first song, ‘Pumpkin Soup’, which she ended by slamming on her piano.
Looking far more self-assured than at her first LA gig at the Troubadour a few months ago, Nash got the crowd at the Henry Fonda Theatre dancing and singing along from the very beginning of her nearly two-hour set.
“Hi LA, thanks for coming out,” Nash said. “This is the last night of our tour and I’m pretty sad really. But let’s have a fucking good time.”
Nash was backed by a four-piece, all-male band and played beneath a sign with her named spelled out in pink neon letters as her boyfriend Ryan Jarman from The Cribs and Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols looked on.
“The next song is a quiet one so shut up, please,” Nash said before playing the romantic ballad ‘Nicest Thing’, and the audience complied.
The evening also saw Nash and her band singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to a girl in the audience called Mariella, before playing her song of the same name.
Nash invited Rachel Trachtenberg, the 14-year-old drummer from opening band The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players, to beat on the skins for a couple of tracks.
Later, toward the end of her set, Nash stopped her hit song ‘Foundations’ dead in the middle to prevent bouncers from ejecting Trachtenberg from the side of the stage.
“I know it’s not professional but she’s in the band, she’s not leaving,” Nash said.
Before wrapping up with a four-song encore that included a cover of Diana Ross‘ ‘Baby Love’ and the rousing punk romp ‘Model Behaviour’, Nash thanked her band and crew, saying, “I’m getting a bit emotional now,” as she pretended to wipe tears from her eyes.
Kate Nash played:
‘We Get On’
‘Do Waa Do’
‘Don’t You Want To Share The Guilt?’
–By our Los Angeles staff.