The band had to call in a last minute replacement to play in his place
Wolf Alice played the opening night of their residency at the O2 Forum in London’s Kentish Town tonight (March 26) without bassist Theo Ellis.
Ellis was forced to miss the gig after contracting an infection, which made his elbow swell and limit his mobility. Instead, the band called in Gengahr’s John Victor to step in at the last minute.
After opening song ‘Your Love’s Whore’, singer and guitarist Ellie Rowsell told the sold out venue “Our little friend Theo is very poorly at the moment with a swollen elbow. Put your elbows in the air for Theo.” The fans responded by raising their elbows in unison.
The band played songs from their debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’, as well as tracks from the ‘Blush’ and ‘Creature Songs’ EPs. Where on their last UK tour they were joined by backing singers, the quartet were the only musicians on stage tonight.
Before ‘Swallowtail’, during which Joel Amey took on lead vocals, the drummer praised Victor for stepping in at such short notice. “How good is John doing?” he asked the crowd. “He learnt all these songs in a day.”
The group closed their main set with ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, before returning to the stage for a three song encore that included ‘Turn To Dust’ and ‘Blush’.
As the band prepared to play ‘Giant Peach’ as their final song of the night, Rowsell chose three fans at the front of the crowd to come on stage and do her and Ellis’ trademark sidestepping dance. “Who’s going to come up here and do Theo’s dance?” she said as she chose the lucky three. “Let’s see how this goes.” As the song kicked in past the intro, the fans stayed on stage, jumping around and waving to their friends in the crowd.
Earlier in the night, Slaves played a surprise set and the night was opened by London punks Crows, who released their debut EP ‘Unwelcome Light’ the day before.
The gig was the first of four that Wolf Alice will play at the O2 Forum, with their residency running until Tuesday (March 29). Over the remaining three gigs, they will be supported by a number of bands including Spring King, Swim Deep and Bloody Knees.
Wolf Alice played:
‘Your Love’s Whore’
‘You’re A Germ’
’90 Mile Beach’
‘Moaning Lisa Smile’
‘Turn To Dust’