September 6th, 2019 | Photos

Massive Attack @ The Hollywood Palladium

Photos by Debi Del Grande

The third sold out night at the Hollywood Palladium brought fans and the curious to hear what the fuss was all about the previous two consecutive evenings as UK’s Massive Attack was finally back in Los Angeles celebrating the band’s third album, 1998’s Mezzanine in its entirety.

Not ones to stay inside the box, Robert “3D” Del Naja and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall didn’t play Mezzanine track-by-track and then a few of their other songs sprinkled in. It was a well crafted dedication to the album.

The first track was a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I Found a Reason,” which followed beautifully by “Risingson,” containing samples of “I Found a Reason.”

“Man Next Door” has samples from The Cure’s “10:15 Saturday Night.” Both were played. Wonder if Bauhaus’ bassist David J had a good time at the show as they covered Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” It would have been interesting to hear “Superpredators” and/or cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Metal Postcard,” but the show was packed with so many songs and visuals from documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, there couldn’t have been time for more. The song that had everyone jumping was the cover of Ultravox’s “ROckWrok” (sampled on “Inertia Creeps”). Even the intoxicated people who wouldn’t stop talking paid attention.

Although Del Naja and Marshall and the entire extremely talented outfit are well respected, it was none other than Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser who received a thunderous applause as she took the stage for one of four songs. We have heard other beautiful voices on tour with Massive Attack singing “Teardrop,” but to hear the angelic voice who recorded it on this album was pure magic. Let’s not forget Reggae singer Horace “Sleepy” Andy who is a constant with Massive Attack. They covered his song “See a Man’s Face.”

Attending a Massive Attack show is a complete experience–if you let yourself go there–you’ll get it.

I Found a Reason (The Velvet Underground cover)
10:15 Saturday Night (The Cure cover)
Man Next Door (with Horace Andy)
Black Milk (with Elizabeth Fraser)
Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Bauhaus cover)
See a Man’s Face (Horace Andy cover) (with Horace Andy)
Dissolved Girl
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (Pete Seeger cover) (with Elizabeth Fraser)
Inertia Creeps
ROckwrok (Ultravox cover)
Angel (with Horace Andy)
Teardrop (with Elizabeth Fraser)
Levels (Avicii cover)
Group Four (with Elizabeth Fraser)