Lana Del Rey addressed recent online speculation over her and Axl Rose in at an intimate show in London last night (April 10).
The ‘Born To Die’ star played an intimate set at the Camden Jazz Café, in front of around 150 competition winners. But her choice of wardrobe set tongue wagging when she took to the stage wearing a Guns N’ Roses T-shirt.
The move was likely a dig at reports that surfaced over the weekend when TMZ suggested a relationship between the pair after they were photographed together at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
Del Rey – declining to comment on the stories outright – simply said to the crowd, “Well this is… small,” before launching into new single ‘Blue Jeans’. She played eight tracks in all, accompanied by a pianist, a four-piece ensemble and one guitarist.
The first four songs were with strings, while the second part of the set was just Del Rey’s voice accompanied by piano. ‘Carmen’, the first to be played with just the grand, was the surprise inclusion of the night.
“We’ve never done it live before,” she said. While it was met rapturously, the singer sounded almost apologetic: “I know it’s slow but it’s one of my favourites”.
The only indications of her superstar status were a group of paparazzi gathered outside the venue and the two bodyguards that accompanied her down the Jazz Cafe stairs and onto the stage – and then back up again when the set was over. In-between song banter was at a premium, though she did take time to tell the appreciative crowd she loved them at the conclusion.
Lana Del Rey played:
‘Born To Die’
‘Million Dollar Man’
Lana Del Rey returns to the UK in June for appearances at Lovebox, Isle Of Wight Festival and Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend. Watch her talk about her breakthrough track ‘Video Games’ below.