It has been an incredible month of shows at The Hollywood Bowl as they celebrate their 100th anniversary: New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Florence + the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Stevie Nicks, Jack Johnson, and on this night, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Japanese Breakfast, and The Linda Lindas!
The show was a total sell out, and I spotted some of the “cool” kids; artists Gary Baseman and Shepard Fairey, and the singer of Grouplove, Hannah Hooper.
It was another beautiful night at the historic Bowl and Los Angeles’ own The Linda Lindas opened the show with their usual high energy and enthusiasm. But before they got started, they said they were so excited to play such a massive venue, they had to take a moment and just stare at the entire crowd in awe.
Once Bela Salazar, Eloise Wong, Lucia de la Garza, and Mila de la Garza took in the view, they charmed the early crowd with favorites “Vote!,” “Nino,” “Oh!,” and the song that put them on most people’s radar, “Racist, Sexist Boy.”
Up next was Japanese Breakfast and her amazing atmospheric music. Fronted by Korean-American Michelle Zauner, I feel like every “artist to watch” article I see includes Japanese Breakfast.
Grammy nominated and opening for multiple big timers, I expect you to know her soon if you do not already.
The crowd was feeling the sounds of Zauner and crew with some of the favorites being “Be Sweet,” “Paprika,” “Road Head,” “Posing in Bondage,” “Everybody Wants to Love You,” and “Diving Woman.”
Fresh off the release of their new album, “Cool It Down,” headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs took charge of the stage. The New York band is fronted by Karen O, who was wearing one of her usual bright and exciting costumes. “Cool It Down” is their first new album since 2013 and the fans have not lost their adoration; several were yelling, “Queen!” as Karen commanded the stage. “We are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and we’re back!” she said excitedly.
Nick Zinner, Brian Chase, and David Pajo kept the music going for their 17-song set. They started with “Spitting Off the Edge of the World,” ran through “Cheated Hearts,” “Burning,” “Zero,” “Wolf,” “Lovebomb,” and “Heads Will Roll” before their much demanded encore. With The Linda Lindas and Japanese Breakfast joining them, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America,” before closing on their own with “Date With the Night.”
Karen O could not hide her joy with not only having a sold-out crowd, but having three bands with three generations of Asian American women. “I’ve been waiting my whole life to say that,” she exclaimed. “Three generations of Asian-American women! They are my girls!”
Another incredible – and historic – night of musical at The Hollywood Bowl!