From the moment the concert was announced, something about it just felt different. Ravenous fans (and more than a few scalpers) immediately snatched up all the tickets, and scorned potential buyers begged for a larger venue or an additional show to no avail. Lines formed around the Fillmore hours before the performance, and the excitement in the crowd was palpable from the moment the doors opened.
More of a solo project than a true band, Tame Impala is Kevin Parker, the perfectionist mastermind who commands every aspect of the project's image and sound. When performing live, he’s backed by a group of old friends and hired-gun musicians, but it was abundantly clear he was in the driver’s seat every moment of this show.
It didn't hurt, of course, that the sound was close to perfect the entire show. The lush production of Tame Impala's recorded music was only amplified in the live setting, with bass rattling the floors in songs such as "Eventually" without diminishing the headphone-quality mix.
In terms of sheer visual spectacle, Parker deployed perhaps his best trick in the middle of the show. For "Elephant," that song you’ve been hearing in commercials for the past seven years, the crowd was showered with a pulsating laser show, synced perfectly with the beat of the song. At the same time, the screen behind the band projected a monstrous silhouette of Parker firing lasers out of his eyes. For the money, that's about as psychedelic as it gets.
- "Let It Happen"
- "The Moment"
- "Mind Mischief"
- "The Less I Know the Better"
- "Yes I'm Changing"
- "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?"
- "It Is Not Meant to Be"
- "Apocalypse Dreams"
- "Mutant Gossip" (Intro)
- "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"
- "New Person, Same Old Mistakes"