There is not much that will get in the way of me and seeing Tame Impala live. Not a four day bender in Vegas, negative hours of sleep, or a massive hangover. I arrived in San Diego with just an hour to rest before busting a mission to see them on their first stop on tour in March of last year before getting shut down due to COVID. It didn’t take long for many to crave the magical feeling of live concerts. But the euphoria from this week’s shows on November 2nd and 3rd, Tame Impala fueled that longing for audience members at the packed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
This concert was a heart opener. Tame Impala managed to capture the spirit of the revolutionary and incredibly unique sound and feeling of The Slow Rush album. The concert was as much for your eyes and heart as it was for the ears with animated imagery accompanied with the relentless lights that illuminated in synchronicity to the music.
It does not take being a die hard fan to have had a truly unforgettable experience. This show took me on a solo journey and yet I could feel a sense of connection radiating from other audience members’ ear-to-ear grins. Bringing me back to earth, Kevin Parker took a mindful moment to check in with the audience. He also had a pinch me moment, humbly calling the experience “iconic” before getting on to the next song. The energy was undeniably radiant, intoxicating everyone, from the stage to the thousands of audience members.
It was truly a night I didn’t want to come to an end. I joked with myself to try not to blink because too soon it would be over. And so, a new countdown begins until I am lucky enough to see Tame Impala live again.
All photos courtesy of Randall Michelson Photography