Elbow: July 22, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
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Main Set:
The Bones of You
Leaders of the Free World
The Stops
Mexican Standoff
Grounds for Divorce
The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
Switching Off
Weather to Fly
One Day Like This

Some Riot
Station Approach
Scattered Black and Whites

Notes: Elbow was on tour with Coldplay as their opening act. I'd been a casual fan of their music for a couple of years, but didn't really want to see them with Coldplay. (Which is funny, because the first time I heard them, I thought they sounded like Coldplay.  Then I got one of their albums and decided they were much better and more interesting than Coldplay!)  So, I was delighted when I found out they were going to have their own show in one of my favorite venues in Los Angeles.

The performance was fantastic. However, the crowd had typical self-obsessed LA people in it and my personal life had taken a turn to Shitsville on the drive down for this show.  As a result, I have very bittersweet and conflicted memories of this night, and I have a difficult time listening to Elbow now. It's a shame, because they are an absolutely wonderful band. I would definitely go see them perform again.

Best moment of the show was "One Day Like This," when lead singer Guy Garvey got two youngsters from the audience up on stage with him to conduct the crowd. It was the perfect way to end the main set, and actually would've been a wonderful, jubilant end to the entire show. There's a great video of it up on YouTube:

My favorite Elbow song is "Station Approach," so I was very happy they played it.  It made everything I had to endure that day totally worth it.

(May 13, 2010)


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