Franz Ferdinand @ Observatory North Park – 05/13/2018
The fans, some who had travelled from out of the country and had camped out for hours to ensure a front-row spot, were pumped for the band right from the get-go. No opening band took the stage, it was just the guys, Alex, Bob, Paul, Julian, and Dino who sauntered in and launched into an enjoyable and dance-y set.
An early crowd favorite was “No You Girls,” with the crowd singing along to “You girls never know / Oh no, you girls will never know / No you girls never know / How you make a boy feel.” Other crowd favorites were “Glimpse of Love,” where we were all transported to the 1970s complete with a disco ball spinning high above our heads, and their mega-hit, “Take Me Out.” These high-energy songs brought out the best in the audience in attendance, but my favorite moment of the night was the beautiful “Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow,” where Alex crooned romantically with the lights low on stage. For the second half of the song, he picked up the guitar and continued to set the wistful mood.
Alex Kapranos is a very charismatic frontman. He has quirky, Devo-esque dance moves, rockstar jumps, and guitar hero moves. He loves pumping up the crowd with his pastor-like shouts as he effectively forges a connection with the fans with this call and response technique. And the fans love it, squealing with delight every time he steps to the very edge of the stage.
Franz Ferdinand finish up their US tour with a show on May 17th in Oakland. They then move on to St. Petersburg, Russian Federation and Kiev, Ukraine before finishing up with eight shows throughout Europe.
Set list: Paper Cages | Walk Away | No You Girls | Lois Lane|Glimpse of Love | The Dark of the Matinée | Michael | Feel the Love Go | Lucid Dreams | Do You Want To | Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow | Take Me Out | Huck and Jim | Ulysses
Encore: Always Ascending | Love Illumination | Lazy Boy | This Fire