The sold-out show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood came less than four months after their first ever Los Angeles show, supporting Doves. Since then, the band have released one single, ‘The Modern Age’, and with their star rising in the UK after a highly-acclaimed sold out tour and wildly-received appearance on the Main Stage at T In The Park in July, tickets for their Los Angeles return show sold out weeks in advance.
The media was out in force for the show, with frontman Julian Casablancas yelling “Stop the fucking flashes” when the band were bombarded by photographers during set-opener ‘The Modern Age’.
Drummer Fabrizio Moretti, who had taken several weeks to recuperate from a broken hand sustained during their UK tour, rejoined the band earlier last week.
The audience included KROQ legend Rodney Bingenheimer, Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola, and ‘Rushmore’ actor Jason Schwartzman, as well as what appeared to be a fair proportion of Los Angeles’ modelling community.
In the brief, 40 minute set, Casablancas seemed stunned by the crowd’s over-the-top reaction. He stated: “We’ve just come back from playing around the world and you guys are the coolest crowd we’ve played to, ever”, later going on to add, “The last time we played here in LA it was empty. This is the first show we’ve headlined, so thank you”. Twice during the set, during ‘Trying Your Luck’ and closing number ‘Take it Or Leave It’, Casablancas leaped off the stage to dance with the audience.
The full set was:
‘The Modern Age’
‘Is This It?’
‘Hard to Explain’
‘New York City Cops’
‘Trying Your Luck’
‘Take It Or Leave It’
According to eyewitness reports, the band caused a near riot by playing for barely 40 minutes and refusing to come back for an encore, and were mobbed by girls as they appeared off-stage in the emptying club.
At the aftershow party, Casablancas was spotted bowing at the feet of Erlandson, before being engrossed in a long conversation with Jonze.
The New York band’s tour continues at Portland, Oregon, Roseland Grill on August 10, Seattle Crocodile Cafe on 11, Vancouver Starfish Room on 12, before returning to the UK where they have appearances lined up at:
Sheffield Leadmill (August 23)
Reading Festival (24)
Leeds Festival (25)
Glasgow Gig On The Green (26)
Liverpool, The Lomax (28)