The reality, as she told the audience during her set, was that she chose the venue for her own personal nostalgia: it was the site of her very first concert, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in 1999. It’s a fitting origin point for an artist whose most recent album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, largely dispensed with the self-described “Lolita lost in the hood” hip-hop production of her earlier work and opted instead for sun-drenched psych-rock and folk, inspired by her idols from Laurel Canyon and Greenwich Village. From the minute Del Rey appeared onstage, dressed in white lace, to sing what might be the defining album opener of the decade – “Goddamn, manchild/You fucked me so good that I almost said, ‘I love you’” – there was no doubt that she will be name-dropped as someone’s idol down the line. [Rolling Stone]

Lana Del Rey began her tour supporting her great new album Norman Fucking Rockwell at New York's Jones Beach Theater on Saturday (9/21). It was the only East Coast date of the tour, and -- as mentioned in the review quoted above -- also the place she saw her very first show (Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in 1999). Lana played just five songs off the new album, including the live debut of "Bartender," and she also brought out two special guests. Leonard Cohen's son/producer Adam Cohen (who had been working on the posthumous Leonard Cohen album that was announced the day before the show) came out to join Lana on her cover of Leonard's "Chelsea Hotel #2," and Lana also pointed out that the show was happening the same day as Leonard's birthday. She also brought out another legendary musician's son, Sean Ono Lennon, to perform their 2017 song "Tomorrow Never Came" live for the first time ever. In addition to all that, Lana did other faves like "Summertime Sadness," "Video Games," "Born to Die," "Blue Jeans," "Off to the Races," "White Mustang," "Pretty When You Cry," "Shades of Cool," and more. Pictures are in the gallery above. Setlist and videos below.

Lana Del Rey at Jones Beach - 9/21/19 Setlist (via)
Norman Fucking Rockwell
Bartender (live debut)
Chelsea Hotel #2 (Leonard Cohen cover) (with Adam Cohen)
Born to Die
Blue Jeans
White Mustang
Pretty When You Cry
Change / Black Beauty / Young and Beautiful
Ride (with “God Knows I Tried” outro)
Tomorrow Never Came (with Sean Ono Lennon)
Video Games
Mariners Apartment Complex
Summertime Sadness
Doin' Time (Sublime cover)
Off to the Races
Shades of Cool
Venice Bitch


photos by Toby Tenenbaum

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