Phantom Planet fans rejoiced when the band announced on the 25th anniversary of its existence that they are officially reformed. The group took the stage at the Lodge Room in Los Angeles on Friday night (May 10), their first show in the city in seven years, and the energy of the room felt like Phantom Planet never left at all.
The set (below) featured all the beloved tunes fans waited almost a decade to hear live again, including “California” and “Turn Smile Shift Repeat,” which were all sung back passionately by the crowd, who head banged and pumped their arms in the air nonstop in excitement. Even their newest tune, “Balisong,” released just days ago, was no challenge to the fervent followers, who, of course, still knew every single word. Former Panic! at the Disco guitarist Ryan Ross hopped onstage for a dynamic performance of smash hit “Do the Panic,” as 2002 nostalgia immediately coated the atmosphere.
“It’s exciting and it is a bit unexpected — especially just how quickly this snowballed,” frontman Alex Greenwald recently told Billboard of their return. “It’s cool people remember us and want to hear more from us. I have friends who when I brought up that we were gonna make a record they were like, ‘Oh! F—in’ finally!’ They didn’t want to bring it up before, but obviously they were hoping for it.”
A standout moment of the night was the last tune before the encore, “All Over Again,” which was weaved with bits of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” alluding to the hyped up venue that American rock’s angels of music are here to stay.
See the full set list below.
By The Bed
The Happy Ending
Always On My Mind
1st Things 1st
Turn Smile Shift Repeat
Lonely Day (Chosen by the audience over “Ship Lost at Sea”)
All Over Again/The Phantom of the Opera
Do the Panic