Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cap Hollywood Bowl Gig by Covering “Kids in America” with Japanese Breakfast and the Linda Lindas


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“We are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and we’re back!”

That’s how band leader/vocalist Karen O. expressed her excitement on Oct. 6 when she and her band mates took the stage at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl for a highly entertaining set of classics from their heralded catalog as well as their  latest, Cool It Down.

Released on Sept. 30, Cool It Down marked the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ official return after a prolonged silence, and their first release of new music since 2013. The Bowl show came five days after a similar performance at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, and both gigs featured special guests Japanese Breakfast and the Linda Lindas.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Hollywood Bowl (Photo: Dustin Downing / Hewitt Silva-Live Nation)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Hollywood Bowl (Photo: Dustin Downing / Hewitt Silva-Live Nation)

Karen O. made an effort multiple times during the night to soak in the atmosphere and express gratitude for people who came out to see the show — as well as express her excitement about the fact that the gig featured three generations of acts featuring Asian-American women.

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That truly is a special circumstance, and in the case of Thursday’s show at the Bowl was the recipe for a particularly unforgettable night of music.

The Linda Lindas Hollywood Bowl (Photo: Dustin Downing / Hewitt Silva-Live Nation)

The Linda Lindas Hollywood Bowl (Photo: Dustin Downing / Hewitt Silva-Live Nation)

Beneath the crisp Los Angeles evening air, local band the Linda Lindas warmed up the night with their energetic blend of grungy pop/punk. It was apparent that many who showed up early enough to catch the opening set were excited about the band,  local favorites who went viral in 2020 with a performance of the song “Racist Sexist Boy” in a local L.A. library. The group — none of which are over the age of 15, with the exception of lead singer/guitarist Bela Salazar, 18 — is one of the more exciting younger acts in the scene, their July Epitaph Records debut album Growing Up a captivating introductory statement.

Fronted by Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast has enjoyed a breakout the past few years on the strength of the Jubilee album, as well as Zauner’s New York Times-bestselling memoir, Crying in H. Mart. The spotlight has shine brightly upon the project since that breakthrough, which still finds Zauner and her band mates playing key spots at festivals around the world.

Japanese Breakfast Hollywood Bowl (Photo: Dustin Downing / Hewitt Silva-Live Nation)

Japanese Breakfast Hollywood Bowl (Photo: Dustin Downing / Hewitt Silva-Live Nation)

It was within this exuberant context — as well as the triumphant return of a creatively re-energized Yeah Yeah Yeahs — that gave the Hollywood Bowl such an electric atmosphere, and provided the chance for an encore performance that wrapped the evening with a bow.

After the stage went dark following the set-capping “Heads Will Roll,” the Yeah Yeah Yeahs returned with both Japanese Breakfast and the Linda Lindas for a cover of Kim Wilde’s classic, “Kids in America,” a full-circle moment for all on stage and a joyous collaboration that you could tell was a great time for all involved, each vocalist taking turns singing the ’80s hit:

It was a fun way to throw an exclamation mark on a wonderful night showcasing three stellar acts with a shared musical background and the ability to command an audience as massive as the Bowl’s.

Those who were in attendance are no doubt grateful for having been there to witness it.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ set list:

Spitting Off the Edge of the World (with Perfume Genius)
Cheated Hearts
Pin
Under the Earth
Burning
Zero
Wolf
Fleez
Soft Shock
Lovebomb
Blacktop
Maps
Gold Lion
Y Control
Heads Will Roll

Encore:
Kids in America (Kim Wilde cover) (with Japanese Breakfast) (With The Linda Lindas)
Date With the Night



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