Posted On 17 Jun 2014
Currently on their Pop Psychology Tour, The Neon Trees brought an hour and a half long fantastic set to the Los Angeles venue, The Wiltern on Saturday, June 14th.
The sold out venue was even packed for openers, Small Pools and Nightmare & The Cat. Then as the lights dimmed and the crowd chatter was drowned out, the phones went up into the air and only silhouettes of the band members could be seen behind a thin white curtain that covered the stage.
When the curtain finally dropped, our eyes suddenly couldn’t look away from Neon Trees front man, Tyler Glenn. Wearing a neon yellow suit with multi-colored Doc Martin boots and flamingo-pink laces, he was charming and entertaining throughout the show. Following Glen, was bassist, Branden Campbell in an all blue suit and sparkling bass, then there was guitarist, Christopher Allen, who wore black & white pattern pants, a tropical button down and a suit jacket; and drummer, Elaine Bradley wore a floral print shirt and a pink suit jacket.
Their hit, “Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)” kicked off the 19 song set-list and the fun filled, dance party that the night would turn out to be. They played an even mix of songs from all three albums, making sure to include the two biggest hits off their first album Habits, “Animal” and “1983” within the first five songs, which primed up the crowd for the rest of the set.
In between songs, Glenn shared anecdotes with the crowd, including a few words about how the Mormon, currently Utah-based lead singer recently came out of the closet in the April issue of Rolling Stone, a fact which Glenn had previously denied. Before launching into “Living in Another World”, Glenn told the crowd, “My name is Tyler, I’m gay and I’m from Southern California. Don’t ask me why I went vegan at 18, and don’t mind me ’cause I’m living in another world.”
A highlight for me of the night was when drummer Elaine Bradley came out to sing with Glenn and a cover of the Pixies’, “Where is My Mind”, during the encore.
From the start of their pop-rock career in 2009, Neon Trees have always been a crowd favorite to see at festivals and concerts alike. They bring a fun, dance aspect to their pop rock show, making fans dance along with singer, Tyler Glen’s sharp vocals and crazy dance moves. This show was no different. Their set was jam packed with songs off all three records, something everyone could enjoy and their stage and light show was captivating to say the least.
The Pop Psychology Tour ends in July, so if you still have a chance, I definitely suggest checking out Neon Trees!