The Greek Theater
Los Angeles, CA
by: John Paulsen
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Storming the States in support of their sophomore
effort, You Could Have It So Much Better, Franz Ferdinand didn’t
disappoint in the second of two shows at the Greek. Cut Copy (alternative/electronica)
and TV on the Radio (indie rock) were both solid in their role as opening acts.
But everyone – save for two lovely girls dancing their asses off during the
TVOTR set – was there to see Franz Ferdinand, and the four boys from across the
pond put on one hell of a show.
To start, frontman Alex Kapranos came out onstage by himself and went into the
slow opening of “Jacqueline” while the rest of the band took their positions.
Soon, Bob Hardy’s bass line kicked in and the band was off, barely slowing down
during their 17-song, 90 minute set, which consisted of eight new songs and nine
from the debut. The four gents obviously care how they look – they were each
wearing a black suit with an undershirt of a different color. At some point in
the evening, Kapranos discarded his jacket to reveal a bright red oxford, much
to the delight of the ladies (both female and male) present in the audience.
Live and in person, the new album played quite well. The first single, “Do You
Want To,” garnered a considerable reaction from the crowd, while their energetic
live performance of “What You Meant” has subsequently made it my favorite track
from the new disc. Kapranos introduced one song in the middle of the set by
saying “it’s an old one that we don’t play very often.” The track? Just the
monster 2004 hit, “Take Me Out,” which the band still seems to enjoy playing,
even for the billionth time.
After a brief encore, during which I saw what I believe to be the world’s first
female roadie, the band played three new songs, including the terrific “Evil and
a Heathen.” But the highlight of the encore had to be the “Outsiders,” where two
unknown guys came on stage to assist Paul Thomson in laying down the beat. I can
only describe it as a veritable orgy of drumming. Afterwards, with “Take Me Out”
and “Do You Want To” already in the can, I wondered what they could possibly
close the show with. The answer: “This Fire,” which brought the show to a manic
For those fans that haven’t seen the group live, now might be the best time.
They are clearly in their prime and, with two terrific albums under those snappy
belts, they have a great group of songs to choose from. I can count on one hand
the number of concerts where I recognized and enjoyed each and every song, and
Franz Ferdinand’s performance Saturday night gets my thumb.
Come On Home
Do You Want To
Tell Her Tonight
What You Meant
The Dark of the Matinee
I’m Your Villain
Take Me Out
You’re The Reason I’m Leaving
Darts of Pleasure
Evil and a Heathen
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