Yazoo play first US shows in 25 years

LA crowd goes wild for nostalgic hit-filled set

Yazoo – known as Yaz in the US – kicked off their first Stateside tour in 25 years in California this week.

The influential electronica duo featuring Vince Clarke of Erasure and singer Alison Moyet played the second of three sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre last night (July 10) to an adoring crowd that went wild from the moment they walked on stage.

Two giant digital screens lit up the stage with elaborate colourful displays during the band’s hit-filled, 100-minute set.

“I haven’t been here since ’94 or something stupid like that, so to be here is just a dream,” said Moyet.

The packed house remained standing throughout almost the entire set – a rare occurrence at the seated theatre venue.

Moyet‘s soulful, deep voice provided a distinct contrast to the electronic music Clarke masterminded from behind his laptop and keyboard.

The singer sipped on a snifter of cognac and pulled some of her best ’80s dance moves throughout the evening.

The duo saved some of their biggest hits from 1982’s ‘Upstairs At Eric’s’ for last, with Moyet forgetting the words to ‘Don’t Go’, which they re-started in the middle.

Returning for the encore, Moyet apologised for her momentary memory lapse, explaining she was thinking too hard and decided to begin again to do the song justice.

“It’s so brilliant to be here, you’ve been just fantastic,” Moyet earnestly told the crowd, filled mostly with older fans who sang along to nearly every lyric.

Yazoo concluded the night with crowd-pleasers ‘Only You’ and ‘Situation’ before taking an emotional bow hugging one another.

Yazoo played:

‘Nobody’s Diary’

‘Bad Connection’

‘Mr. Blue’

‘Good Times’


‘Ode To Boy’

‘Goodbye ’70s’

‘Too Pieces’

‘In My Room’


‘Walk Away From Love’


‘State Farm’

‘Sweet Thing’

‘Winter Kills’



‘Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)’

‘Don’t Go’

‘Only You’


Yazoo will return to the Orpheum Theatre tonight (July 11) before playing dates in Chicago and New York next week.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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