February 28th, 2016 | Photos

Metric_Hollywood_Palladium_2-26-16-14 Photos and recap by Debi Del Grande

The Hollywood Palladium was packed as Metric returned with their latest Pagans in Vegas. While a number of established bands dwindle away with new songs and records, Metric has stepped up their game, especially live. The synth heavy and upbeat sounds of “Cascades” and “Too Bad, So Sad” had the crowd moving and the visuals were electric. The smash hit “Help I’m Alive” was played early on in the set and hints of other fan favorites were teased just a bit before heading to new songs. Waitresses cruised the floor selling vodka shooters in glow-in-the-dark tubes that seemed to help people standing in the back become loose.

To help with “Dreams So Real,” Emily Haines announced that they had asked some lovely people to join them on stage to create this Los Angeles choir of love to fill her heart with these dark days that surround us. This song also included audience participation.

Emily Haines was her dynamic self, constantly engaged with the crowd while singing and flying across the stage and at the keyboards. Partner-in-crime, Jimmy Shaw was right there shredding away.

Joywave wasted no time in getting the party started and a number of people were there early to catch them play songs from their album How Do You Feel Now?

Help I’m Alive
Youth Without Youth
Twilight Galaxy
Raw Sugar (a capella intro)
Hustle Rose (a capella intro)
Too Bad, So Sad
Artificial Nocturne
Dreams So Real
Blind Valentine (instrumental intro)
Sick Muse
Collect Call
Other Side
Black Sheep
Combat Baby (a capella portion)
The Shade
Gimme Sympathy (Haines and Shaw acoustic)
Breathing Underwater