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