Tame Impala made their Madison Square Garden debut (pics, video, setlist)
Last month, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker seemed to imply that his long-awaited followup to his big 2015 breakthrough Currents was expected to coincide with the band's summer tour, but that the album was delayed and now that the tour is underway, he won't be able to return to the album until at least the fall. He did, however, manage to release the two new songs "Patience" and "Borderline," and Tame Impala played those two along with tons of older favorites like "Eventually," "Let It Happen," "The Less I Know the Better," "Elephant," "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," and more at their Madison Square Garden debut last night (8/21). Despite only two new songs since the last time Tame Impala played NYC, it was as much a vivid spectacle as you'd hope for from this band, complete with confetti canons, lasers, various light effects, giant on-screen visuals, and more.
Kevin also mentioned on stage that for years he thought Madison Square Garden was an actual garden, and he mentioned that since he last played NYC, he had gotten married and a bandmate had a child.
The show was opened by Velvet Negroni, whose new album Neon Brown comes out on 4AD next week, but we weren't able to get pictures of him. Pictures of Tame Impala are in the gallery above. Videos and setlist below.
UPDATE: After the show, a Tame Impala sing along and dance party broke out outside Madison Square Garden.
Tame Impala and Velvet Negroni do it again at MSG tonight (8/22). You can still get tickets.
Tame Impala at MSG - 8/21/19 Setlist (via)
List of People (To Try and Forget About) (played over PA)
Let It Happen
(‘Sestri Levante’ outro)
Mutant Gossip (played over PA)
The Less I Know the Better
Yes I'm Changing
Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?
DC30 (played over PA)
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
New Person, Same Old Mistakes
photos by Ellen Qbertplaya