Yeah Yeah Yeahs mark 10th birthday with ‘secret’ intimate hometown show

Plus the trio are rumoured to be playing more tiny shows to mark their anniversary

Yeah Yeah Yeahs surprised fans with a secret show in New York last night (September 22).

The gig at the Secret Project Robot, a tiny art space located just feet from the East River in Brooklyn, was staged to mark the trio’s tenth anniversary as a band. Tickets sold out within half an hour of going on sale solely through the venue’s box office the day before.

The band delved deep into their back catalogue during the show, with much of the 60-minute set made up of songs from their first two EPs and debut album, 2003’s ‘Fever To Tell’.

They also played several tracks without any of their usual touring musicians, opting instead to revisit their original live three-piece line-up.

Frontwoman Karen O showed relentless energy throughout the set, bouncing up and down on the makeshift stage while psychedelic video projections played behind them. Her hyperactive performance came in spite of the intense heat, which caused at least one fan to pass out.

Following the finale of ‘Y Control’, the band returned with a rare run through ‘Modern Romance’. The singer also added to the celebratory feel of the evening by showering the front row with confetti, before saluting the crowd by declaring: “It’s fucked up how sweet you guys are!”

This show follows another secret performance at Manhattan‘s Don Hills venue last week – Yeah Yeah Yeahs are due to continue their low-key tour of their hometown’s smallest venues with a strongly rumoured show for friends and family, believed to be taking place at the Mercury Lounge on Friday (September 24).

Yeah Yeah Yeahs played:

‘Rockers To Swallow’
‘Black Tongue’
‘Miles Away’
‘No No No’
‘Art Star’
‘Y Control’
‘Modern Romance’
‘Heads Will Roll’