Tegan and Sara Get Out the Vote at Sold-Out L.A. Concert
“There’s only a few places in the world that we get nervous to play,” said Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara. “Los Angeles is one of them.”
Tegan -- along with twin sister Sara -- performed to a sold-out crowd at the historic Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday night, one of two L.A. dates on the tour; they are also set to perform at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night (Sept. 30).
This tour supports their eighth album, Love You to Death, which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 back in June. The set list ranged from old favorites like “Alligator” and “Nineteen” to the song that exposed them to more mainstream audiences, “Closer.” All 10 songs from the latest album were also performed.
Before heading into their fourth song, “Drove Me Wild,” the sisters said they were going to “absolutely” compare the energy of the Wiltern's show to their performance at the Orpheum. They would often acknowledge the fans in the balcony by pointing at them to cheer while everyone else in general admission would echo the same energy. Nearly every song on the set list induced a sing-along from the enthusiastic crowd, partially in hopes of being known as the better audience.
The Quins admitted that the Wiltern was a venue that they have admired for years. Sara recalled the first time that they played at the venue as an opening act in 2006. "I was hoping that one day we would [headline] here,” said Sara. "It feels really exciting when you get to play the places that you’ve seen a lot of shows or that you’ve opened for people before. It feels very special.”
They also engaged in their routine sibling banter between songs, with each sister making what they called “twin jokes” (“We met in high school,” teased Tegan toward the beginning of the night). There was even a point where Sara thought Tegan was becoming too distracting to the crowd, so she playfully made her walk backstage until she was done with her story about her stint working in a zoo.
Another highlight: When Sara searched the crowd for the “straightest person in the audience” to bring onstage for their song “Boyfriend." “For the first time, we had a song on pop radio and it was kind of a sexual song in nature in terms of just acknowledging that it was… it could have been a straight person, nobody could tell that it was a gay song.”
The duo, who are both openly gay, typically draw in a huge LGBT following. They even had the Los Angeles LGBT Center on hand with a table set up in the lobby before the show for fans.
The Quins proved that they have stuck to their roots. Along with constantly putting out infectious pop songs, they continue to give shows with the typical sisterly banter that fans find unique. They feel real and relatable to the fans who idolize them.
The pair delved into more crowd favorites like “The Con” and “Call It Off” before heading into their three-song encore, which included “Living Room,” a song that they’ve included in almost all of their encores for since their 2002 album, If It Was You.
Before thanking the crowd again after their final song, they had one final message: vote. “Get involved, be involved,” said Tegan. “We get it, it feels f---ed up right now and it is f---ed, but this is a beautiful country and you are an amazing, amazing group of people.”
The band is touring through Nov. 15 before heading to Mexico City for Corona Capital. They are also currently promoting their latest single "Stop Desire” and its accompanying music video.
Back in Your Head
I Couldn't Be Your Friend
How Come You Don't Want Me
Drove Me Wild
Faint of Heart
I Was a Fool
Shock to Your System
Hang on to the Night
The Con (Acoustic)
Call It Off (Acoustic)
I Was Married
Dying to Know
Walking With a Ghost