On Wednesday, October 2nd, Vampire Weekend brought their newest fourth full-length album, “Father Of The Bride” (Columbia Records) and many more of their chart-toppers to LA’s Hollywood Bowl.
For roughly two and a half hours, the band made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer Chris Tomson, and bassist Chris Baio performed and truly jammed their way through a 30 song setlist.
After playing a couple tunes, Vampire Weekend front-man Koenig welcomed the sold-out crowd, “How you guys feeling tonight?! I just wanted to say that the Hollywood Bowl is one of the greatest venues in America but it’s a little stressful getting here. But we are all here now so let’s all take a deep breath and have some fun!” And indeed they brought the fun to the venue!
Vampire Weekend wasted no time and right away opened with new song “Bambina” but then immediately older favorites “Unbelievers,” “Holiday,” “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”, “Finger Back” and “M79” were heard. Then it was back to new songs “Sympathy” and “Unbearably White.” Most of the show was this back and forth movement between new album tunes and earlier Vampire Weekend hits. The lively crowd remained loud and standing for both and loved it all. During the group’s well-known classic, “Horchata,” the packed Bowl eagerly sang along to every word.
A welcome surprise of the night was when they welcomed the Haim sisters to the stage. The ladies performed their song “This Life” with the band and Danielle Haim stayed also for the next one, “Hold You Now.” In fact, she was a contributor to Vampire Weekend’s 2019 album, “Father Of The Bride.” She eventually returned later on in the set to finish the night off with the group’s song “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin.”
For the encore, Koening asked the crowd for song requests. Of course, everyone immediately screamed out ideas. Finally the band-leader ended up picking out people based on their outfits to hear their song choices. “Boston (Ladies Of Cambridge),” “Giving Up The Gun” and a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” were chosen.