Portugal. The Man made one last stop through Los Angeles before wrapping up their tour cycle in support of their landmark record Woodstock, playing the Shrine Auditorium before heading to the Bay for Outside Lands 2018.
It’s been quite a whirlwind for this band ever since “Feel It Still” dropped last March. After putting out many impressive albums with tons of anthemic tunes, it was this song that would blow them up bigger than ever. They’ve taken their success in stride, as evidenced by the way their live show threw up on the screen a reference that “that song” was coming up next.
But aside from “that song”, Portugal. The Man rocked out for nearly two hours as they’ve become known to do. They kicked their set off with a cover of “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. II” interwoven into their banger “Purple Yellow Red and Blue”. The way they medley songs together is unique as hell, like with their song “Atomic Man” and the T. Rex song “Children of the Revolution”, and even the tune “Day Man” from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia mixed with “So American”.
Even better, they brought their strings arrangement with them. It added some awesome depth to the show.
“Feel It Still” may have introduced Portugal. The Man to the general population, and the timing has worked out wonderfully. Fans that are seeing them for the first time are getting a dose of one of the best live rock bands in the world today, as was the case at the Shrine.
Photos by Tim Aarons