Foxygen Shares Positive, Energetic Vibes at Hollywood Show

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 Jonathan Rado and Sam France of Foxygen perform in 2017 in London.

“Thanks for coming out, everyone, spending your Saturday night with us. It’s been a while,” Foxygen singer Sam France earnestly told the sold-out crowd at the Fonda Theatre. Fans responded in an eruption of cheers, full of energy as they excitedly waited for the concert to begin. Foxygen’s most recent album, Hang, released in January, is the follow-up to 2014’s …And Star Power, and as the audience members danced along and applauded endlessly throughout the show, the concert clearly proved it was worth the wait.

Before Foxygen took the stage, concertgoers listened to opening acts Kingdom of Not and Gabriella Cohen. During the lengthy waits between sets, the crowd continued to grow until, finally, Foxygen took the stage.

Although the set did not start until 11 p.m. PT, when it did, the venue was completely full, and fans were ready to sing along to their favorite songs. France, with his signature shoulder-length brown hair, walked onstage in an unbuttoned white shirt and pink makeup under his eyes, joined by a brass band dressed in black suits.

The stage was lit with simple red and orange lights, with string lights lining the keyboard and piano, creating a warmth and intensity onstage. The band -- which formed in 2005 when France and band co-founder Jonathan Rado were still in high school -- has come into their own, showcased by the night’s eclectic and surprising entertainment. The crowd screamed with notable delight when Foxygen performed fan favorite “San Francisco,” a song from 2013’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.

Every so often, France checked on the audience by asking, “How’s everybody down there?” As he belted out such songs as “Follow the Leader,” “Mrs. Adams,” “On Lankershim” and “Upon a Hill,” fans stayed engaged and entertained.

Later in the night, France began singing the lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”: “I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.” He then quipped, “You guys are so much more gorgeous than the people in San Francisco,” blowing kisses to a satisfied crowd. (Foxygen, after all, is an L.A.-based band.)

As the night came to an end, the crowd was still on a high from a show that was full of energy, positivity and free expression.

Setlist

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
San Francisco
Shuggie
Follow the Leader
Avalon
Mrs. Adams
America
On Lankershim
Upon a Hill
Trauma
Rise Up

Encore

On Blue Mountain
No Destruction
How Can You Really