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AIR @ Greek Amphitheater, 9/21/07

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I want to patch my soul on your brain

Despite the ominous weather, slight drizzle and wet seats, devoted AIR fans clogged the serpentine Vermont Avenue up into Griffith Park for a show that gained the band an all around standing ovation, which in turn rewarded the audience with the usual encore.

In general, the French band only played the most popular songs, leaving the edgier tunes and more experimental solos to their albums and small out-of-town venues (such as at the Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas last Spring). Still, while not going all out on "Don't Be Light" where in the past they have rocked it with major guitar solo action, AIR made up for it with their last song, "La Femme d'Argent." Some say listening to AIR is like getting high -- well they reached some kind of higher limits with mind-tripping aural sensations, leaving the audience thrilled and ready to experience, without hesitation and without care, the down pour of rain that was about to begin.

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Never a tedious moment and always hidden behind vocoder speak (except at one point when they said "thank you very much" softly), the elusive JB and Nicolas, clad in white, owned that audience for a short period of time, transforming us to somewhere else (who knows, who cares) that was wonderful. Next time AIR comes to Los Angeles, don't be shy, don't be light.

After the jump, the set list.