The Kills @ The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver - February 6th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Live Review: The Kills + The Paranoyds @ The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver – February 6th 2024

On February 6th, 2024, the iconic Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC, became the stage for a night of raw energy and mesmerizing performances. The evening began with a captivating set by The Paranoyds, a four-piece ensemble consisting of Laila Hashemi on keys, Lexi Funston on guitar, Staz Lindes on vocals and bass, and David Ruiz on drums. Hailing from Los Angeles, The Paranoyds delivered a unique blend of 90s grunge and punk, setting the tone for the night with their drony soundscapes. Despite being the opening act, they effortlessly commanded the stage, inspiring a spontaneous mosh pit and earning themselves a legion of new fans with their genuine connection to the crowd.

The Paranoyds @ The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver – February 6th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

As anticipation reached its peak, the main act, The Kills, took the stage with Alison Mosshart on vocals and Jamie Hince on guitar. The duo wasted no time in unleashing their signature blend of high-octane rock and roll, kicking off their set with the electrifying “Kissy Kissy.” Mosshart’s hypnotic stage presence, seemingly possessed by the music, paired perfectly with Hince’s effortless yet powerful guitar riffs, captivating the audience from start to finish. Each song, from the haunting “Future Starts Slow” to the anthemic “Doing It to Death,” was delivered with unwavering intensity, leaving the crowd in awe of the duo’s raw talent and undeniable chemistry.

The Kills @ The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver – February 6th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Throughout the night, The Kills proved themselves to be not only exceptional musicians but also genuine performers deeply connected to their audience. As the show came to a close, a fan showered the stage and crowd with long-stemmed roses, a gesture met with heartfelt appreciation from Mosshart and Hince. It was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the mutual admiration between the band and their fans in Vancouver. With an electrifying encore featuring hits like “No Wow” and “Sour Cherry,” The Kills left an indelible mark on the Commodore Ballroom, solidifying their status as one of rock’s most dynamic acts.

The Kills setlist

KISSY KISSY
URA FEVER
NEW YORK
GOING TO HEAVEN
LOVE & TENDERNESS
103
BETTER DAYS
TAPE SONG
BABY SAYS
BLACK BALLOON
WASTERPIECE
KINGDOM COME
BULLET SOUND
LA HEX
DOING IT TO DEATH
FUTURE STARTS SLOW

ENCORE
————-
NO WOW
MY GIRLS MY GIRLS
SOUR CHERRY
FRIED MY LITTLE BRAINS

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