Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Aragon Ballroom 5/29 – Old Favorites and Broken Microphones
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been a band for almost 2 decades. They know what they’re doing and know how to put on an amazing show. Bringing their fans back to the days of Fever to Tell, the album that started it all, the group headed to Aragon Ballroom this past Tuesday, May 29th. With a packed venue and a primed crowd, the band stole the night as they played old tracks and new favorites.
The show didn’t have any openers. Instead, the first hour of the event was a Fever to Tell era documentary. Many in the crowd said they would have rather had an opener than watch a video for an hour. Others mentioned that the lengthy B-roll doc was neat to see. Regardless, those who showed up to the concert late clearly missed something special.
The group opened up the music with “Rich.” The opening track to Fever to Tell, it was the perfect way to kick off the music. Karen O donned an elaborate and shiny getup that represented several colors and patterns at once. In her usual bob haircut and bangs, she tossed her head almost as much as the microphone. Once fully in character, the frontwoman stole the crowd as she paced the stage from side-to-side amping the venue with her powerful presence.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs played most of their tracks from Fever to Tell, minus tracks like “Tick” which might have been lost on fans of their later albums. They dropped newer hits such as “Heads Will Roll” and “Zero” which got the crowd in a total frenzy. “Cheated Hearts” received an extended opening as Karen O headed into the crowd for a sing-along. One of their more emotional songs, the intimate setting felt perfect.
Following a short break, the group came back to the stage for their encore. Karen O gained a cape and sunglasses but did not lose any of her attitude. They played the bonus track on Fever to Tell, “Poor Song.” After the first couple of lines, Karen O lost her place and the band had to stop and continue. An unmistakeable mixup, she took it in stride and laughed it off before continuing in style. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a few more tracks and, of course, ended with the song that kickstarted their entire career, “Date with the Night.” Karen O proceeded to swing her microphones to the ground to match the music, completely breaking one of them. It was a glimpse into her earlier days of crawling on the stage with the microphone in her mouth. Confetti flew everywhere and the crowd’s screams didn’t cease until the Aragon’s house lights went up. The entire show felt extremely well put together. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are clearly veterans of their trade. Catch them on their limited tour, dates below.