Hello lovelies!!! It's 6:21 AM and I'm writing this half-asleep, but I had to blog about it. Last night, I saw The Kooks, one of my favorite bands, at the Troubadour in LA. Let's start out with the fact that in the recent years I've loved The Kooks, they haven't played in Los Angeles. I'd been saying, "whenever The Kooks come I will go no matter what", so of course I got tickets - actually, I only managed to get one - and went by myself.
I drove straight from school and waited at the Troubadour starting at 4:30. There were only about 10 people in front of me, until a few extras cut in (which made me mad obviously). They let us in at 7:30.
Even with the people cutting in front, I managed to squeeze myself in at the front row. You can almost feel my excitement in this photo!!
Side note: The opening band (The Futures League) was great. I'd never heard of them before, but their music was fun and perfect to open for The Kooks - they also played a Hey Ya cover, which was fabulous.
Oh hey, it's Luke Pritchard one foot away from me! Yes, I was dying.
Here's a photo with Luke playing on acoustic and all purpley.
His curly brown mop and piercing blue eyes made everyone swoon - even the massive Kooks fan guy right next to me. I asked Luke for his pick that he dropped, and he goes, "wait, what do you want?" and then handed it to me and laughed. Later, he handed some waters out to the crowd and the guy next to me, Luke Pritchard water in hand, said "I'm never throwing this bottle out". It was hilarious.
About the actual songs, they had a great setlist. Favorites like "She Moves In Her Own Way", "Ooh La", "Junk Of The Heart", and "Always Where I Need To Be" were played. Old songs like "Eddie's Gun" and "Sofa Song" were fabulous. They played four (I think?) new songs, which showed that their new 4th album is going to be super groovy. Yes, I said groovy. The best song of the night though, in my opinion, was "Seaside". Luke stood up on the speaker right in front of me and asked "are you guys alright?" to an overwhelming "YES!!!!!". Guitar in hand, he played throughout "Seaside", alternating between singing on the different microphones on stage (the rest of the band had left for that song) and coming out to sing without a mic and with the crowd. It was beautiful and I cried.
All in all, that was one of the most amazing concerts I've attended due to my front-row position, intense love for The Kooks, interactions with Luke, and all of my favorite songs being played.