Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ The Greek Theater, 9/17/09
There is no denying that Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is a rock god. If it hasn't been written in stone, let's do that right now. Ask anyone who was in the sold-out crowd on Thursday night, and they will tell you that she was mesmerizing. Granted she comes with a lot of props and costumes, but even if Ms. O had come out wearing a burlap sack and stood there doing nothing, every eye in the place would be on her. Sure there are singers with better voices. Sure there are lead singers who can dance better than her. Sure there are people who wear more outrageous clothes. But Karen O. has got "it" whatever that intangible thing may be. That certain something that makes a giant zebra striped headdress/hoodie adorned with a circle of green tape in the middle and blue striped tights, look badass rather than utterly ridiculous.
The show began with an air of mystery with the band hiding behind a giant white curtain playing "Runaway." When the chorus hit, the curtain fell and revealed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in all of their glory. Karen O. as a multicolored, zebra striped, glorious mess with guitarist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase in subdued black. If the remaining band members weren't going to compete for attention, the stage was. Against a glittering, blue backdrop, six giant eyeballs the size of small cars with blue irises hung from the ceiling. Half way through the show, the stagehands threw giant beach balls painted like eye balls that bounced around the crowd.