Yeah Yeah Yeahs Make Triumphant, Star Studded Return to the Stage




Karen O - Photo by DONNA BALANCIA
Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs return - Photo by DONNA BALANCIA

Band Hits It Out of the Park in Los Angeles

By DONNA BALANCIA

Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs made a comeback to the stage while the Houston Astros made a comeback in The  World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. At least the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were winners on this Wednesday night.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit the road with a festival show, a show in San Francisco and then New York - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit the road with a festival show, a show in San Francisco and then New York – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Pitch Remastered Album

The Fonda Theatre was jam packed with fans of the band and frontwoman Karen O who came back to thrill the audiences with favorite tunes and more recent songs. In the bar next door, screaming Dodger fans were recovering from a broken heart while waiting for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to take the Fonda stage.

Yeah Yeah Yeah fans fared better than Dodger fans on Wednesday in Game 2 of The World Series - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Yeah Yeah Yeah fans fared better than Dodger fans on Wednesday in Game 2 of The World Series – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Road

The Dodgers will move on to Houston, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also take their show on the road. The band is pitching a remastered version of their first album, Fever To Tell, which was just released via Interscope and UMe.  The Fonda show was one of two single performances to celebrate the reissue that comes complete with a mini-documentary film which was shown at The Fonda before the live performance.

A high-energy show by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
A high-energy show by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Karen O on Fire at the Fonda

At The Fonda, Karen emerged looking happy to be back on stage, garbed in a wildly colored coat and bright makeup, her Chrissie Hynde-style bangs revealing her cheery blue eyes.

Taking a page from some of Rock N Roll’s best performers, Karen stuffed the mic into her mouth, into her pants, jumped around, and played up to the loving fans.  It was clear she was delighted to play, as the last Yeah Yeah Yeahs show LA people had seen was in 2013.

Mic in mouth Karen O - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Mic in mouth Karen O – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Fans Give the Thumbs Up

“The last time we saw her was two albums ago in a small venue,” said fan Alex Rios.  “Another time it was in a larger venue.

“This album was released 14 years ago and they still sound the same,” Rios said. “They’re consistently amazing performers, they’re high energy, and they sound incredible.”

Karen O - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Karen O – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Karen O Visitors

Friends of Karen O are in rock’s new elite. On hand to see her were a bevy of artists including Romy Madley Croft from The XX, Hannah Marshall, and the Deap Vally gals.

“Karen is one of those dynamic performers who you can’t look away from,” said Rebecca Simpson from West Los Angeles. “She does some pretty crazy things and makes everyone feel good.  Her songs bring back great memories.”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs performance at the Fonda was high energy

The Setlist

The band opened with “Modern Romance,” which comes on slowly and builds, drawing the emotions of failed relationships.  Song number 2 was “Rich,” which still delivers the punch. Other songs included “Gold Lion,” off Show Your Bones; and “Maps” off Fever to Tell. For Poor Song, the first encore song, Karen came out dressed in a glittery cape and then wrapped up with “Y Control” and “Tick.”

Confetti everywhere - Photo by Marla Pica
Confetti everywhere – Photo by Marla Pica for California Rocker

Confetti and Eyeball

For a relatively casual appearance, a tremendous amount of work goes into the show, with confetti canons and the giant bouncing eyeball, a trademark of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows. The band plays Growlers 6 festival this weekend at the Waterfront at the Port and also plays a show at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on Nov. 7.

The fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Photo 2017 Donna Balancia
The fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

 

The fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Photo 2017 Donna Balancia
The fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Photo 2017 Donna Balancia

 

The beautiful Hannah Marshall at Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The beautiful Hannah Marshall at Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

The fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs including Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally and Romy Madley Croft of The XX - Photo 2017 Donna Balancia
The fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs including Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally, Jehnny Beth of Savages and Romy Madley Croft of The XX – Photo 2017 Donna Balancia