French rock band Phoenix are in the midst of their tour in support of their latest album, Ti Amo, which was just released earlier this month on June 9. Their tour kicked off two weeks ago at Red Rocks in Colorado, where they braved the rain and played a memorable show at one of the best venues in the country.
The band made their way into Hollywood last week by stopping at the Hollywood Bowl, which is the closest thing that Los Angeles has to Red Rocks. Opening for the group were Lemon Twigs and a Los Angeles favorite, Mac DeMarco, who both provided an exceptionally warm welcome for the headliner. Mac even gave the crowd a somewhat-cover of Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles," single, which gave the crowd a good laugh.
Finally after a short intermission, Phoenix took the stage with a stage with a futuristic stage setup that is bound to be duplicated by other acts. The was stage backed with a huge mirror that gave the Hollywood Bowl a 3D feel. Projections of their various graphics shined on the stage, which then reflected off of the mirror, making it look like the band members were performing in two different spots. It was a sight to see, and made the whole experience just that much better.
In addition to their amazing stage setup, the band itself is mesmerizing live. Not only did they play all of their hits, including "1901," "If I ever feel better" and of course, "Lisztomania," but they did a perfect job of mixing in their new songs from Ti Amo. The groups vocals and instrumentation are completely on point, and they sound just as good live as they do recording.
The group opened with "Ti Amo," and finished with it too, with frontman Thomas Mars making his way through the crowd as their set finished. All in all, Phoenix was a perfect way to kick off summer concert season, and we can't wait until they make their way back to Los Angeles.