Wednesday night Liz Phair played a very cool, intimate show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. She looked gorgeous and happy as the crowd seemed to bask in her presence. I noticed everyone in there, even those in the mezzanine, was dancing, smiling, and having a genuinely good time. I even caught one dude staring, mouth completely agape, like no shame in his game, throughout her entire set! She just has that effect I guess. I don’t know if it’s just simply her smile or her easygoing rapport with the crowd, but she definitely has a real warmth and charm about her. By the end of the night, you felt like you had fun with Liz, and not like you were just being sung at.
She opened with “Supernova” and continued with all her fan favorites, concentrating on her early Exile in Guyville and Whipsmart albums. Much to my delight, as well as I’m sure everyone else’s too, she played “Divorce Song,” “6’1”,” “Nashville” (ugh, LOVE that song!), “Fuck and Run,” “Mesmerizing,” “Stratford-On-Guy,” “Extraordinary,” and “Why Can’t I,” among many others that included at least one new song and one from Funstyle. I was trying to write down all the songs, but she was playing way too many of my favorites so the whole “taking notes” thing kinda went out the window.
Besides her awesome set list, one of the other highlights of the night was when Liz invited a willing participant from the crowd to come on stage and sing back-up on her oh-so-raunchy classic “Flower.” A murmur went through the audience as people were trying to decide if they had the nerve to go up there or not. Some people were quietly on the fence while others were muttering phrases like, “Oh hells to the no!” or “Omg, I wish.” After a few tense seconds of debate, one girl decided she was going to do it. She actually got up there on stage and took up her own mic! And she even had a sort of mini practice session with Liz.
The girl was really good too, and when the song ended, she got a big hug from Liz and a freakin’ awesome memory forever. Man, I woulda jumped on that stage so fast if my voice wasn’t akin to the sound of a high-pitched fart or who was that “She Bangs” guy from American Idol? Yeah, no one needs another version of that guy, so I stayed out of it. But it was very awesome of Liz, and that girl did fantastic!
Currently Liz is working on new songs, so hopefully we’ll be seeing more of her in the future. Check out my pics from the night below, and if you still want more, you can check out my recent interview with her.
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