Elbow Wow The U.S.
Elbow’s current world tour in support of their new hit album ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ has completed its North American leg to massive acclaim from music critics and fans alike.
“Elbow continues to pursue something increasingly rare in popular music: dynamics,” purred the Wall Street Journal, who said the band “…lets its music breathe and show its natural state.” The San Francisco Examiner called the band a “prog-rock powerhouse” while QRO magazine said they “managed to be both epic and intimate.”
The 12-date tour of the U.S. and Canada was Elbow’s biggest there for more than six years, and culminated with a sellout show at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on May 28. “One of the best shows I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said one fan on the Wiltern’s Facebook page. TV stops along the way included an appearance on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ to perform ‘New York Morning.’
‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ debuted at No. 1 in the UK on release in March, also topping the charts in Belgium and hitting the summit of Billboard’s prestigious Heatseekers survey. It continues to chart around the world. Elbow’s tour continues with an itinerary of high-level gigs and festivals including one at the Ahmad Tea Music Festival in Moscow on June 7 and UK summer bookings at Glastonbury, T In The Park, the Eden Sessions and the V Festival.
June 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm
My wife and I were able to catch Elbow with 800 other bodies at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon over Memorial weekend. They were inspiring. The energy was the same as for their more typical audiences of thousands, the intimacy even more so. Not much improvising from the quintet, but precise instrumentation and Guy’s sonorous voice and charming rapport held the audience under a spell. Catch the iTunes live video of ‘Loneliness of the Tower Crane Operator’ for a taste of their magic.