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A show that needed a bit of
"True Blood" splatter

Vampire Weekend
The Historic Rialto Theatre
Tucson, AZ
October 1, 2013
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Review and photos by Mary Andrews

I wondered what the fans who had stood in line since eight in the morning thought of the sold out show at the end of Vampire Weekend's set. Was it worth it? The show sold out soon after the tickets went on sale. Is this all on the heels of their hit single "Ya Hey"? The performance seemed too laid back and far too introspective. I just expected more showmanship!

The band is from New York City and they are: Ezra Koenig (Lead vocals and guitar, Chris Baio (bass, backing vocals), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals), and Chris Tomson (drums, backing vocals). They are courting their third album release, Modern Vampires Of The City. This is their second album that has debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard charts and they came to Tucson with heavy duty credentials!

The member of the group showing the most pizazz was bass player, Chris Baio. He danced and played with a lively aplomb. The other band members should take a cue from from his energy. Batmanglij seamlessly alternated between multiple instruments as lead singer Ezra Koenig went through the motions. It didn't matter as the predominantly teen audience was engrossed with their heroes nonetheless!

The Set List:
1. Cousins
2. White Sky
3. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
4. Diane Young
5. Unbelievers
6. Holiday
7. Step
8. Horchata/Shots/Everlasting Arms
9. Fingerback
10. California English
11. A-Punk
12. Boston
13. Ya Hey
14. Campus/Oxford Comma
15. Obvious Bicycle


16. Hannah Hunt
17. Walcott

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