Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst caused a bit of drama at the end of their sold-out Shepherds Bush Empire show last night (July 3).
Nearing the end of an intense show, their first show in London for some time, it would appear that the scale of the show proved to be a bit much for the singer.
Technical hitches at the end of the show, which had been elaborate with live projections of swans, candles and jigsaws in the background, saw front man Oberst snap, with the singer picking up and throwing an stage amplifier half-way across the stage. He also flung fellow Bright Eyes band member Mike Mogis’ guitar in a pique of anger.
The show began with Oberst appearing on stage dressed starkly in head to toe bright white. Backed with a 12-piece band of instrumenatalists, Bright Eyes opened their set with ‘Clairaudients’, the first track of their most recent album, Cassadaga.
Songs in the set ranged from their most recent singles, ‘Hot Knives’ and ‘Four Winds’, to old classics such as ‘I Won’t Ever Be Happy Again’, which Oberst described as: “like when you find an old shirt or pair of shoes, you put them on and you’re like ‘wow!’ I don’t know how it looks to you guys, but it feels real good.”
Bright Eyes play a second show at Shepherds Bush Empire tonight (July 4).
The complete set list last night was:
Clairaudients/Kill Or Be Killed
First Day of My Life
Make A Plan To Love Me
No One Would Riot For Less
The Calendar Hung Itself
Soul Singer In A Session Band
I Won’t Ever Be Happy
I Believe In Symmetry
Gold Mine Gutted