The wait is over, live-streamed concert took place on the 1st of August, and as awesome as it was, it left me with a huge void in my heart. It’s been more than a year since I saw LP in person and from the looks of it, it will take another year until we can be reunited and hopefully hug…
But, I don’t want to rain on mine & yours parade, let’s hope for the best and for now, I’ll try to describe how it was to watch LP on screen, from the comfort of my very own home.
Concert was broadcasted live from The Beehive studios in the Los Angeles on Saturday. The multi-camera, HD video, 80-audio-channel concert kicked-off live at 1:00 pm PST, so 10 pm my time. First I’ve heard familiar intro to Dreamcatcher.
But something happened in the middle of it. The stream was cut. Live was back on with redesigned intro to When We’re High, and that’s when we first saw LP in a red military jacket and heard her beautiful voice.
As LP started “No Witness” I was still sceptical and couldn’t fully insert myself into the concert-mode. But, when LP started singing “Other People” in her sweet, delicate tone of voice, something broke in me and tears streamed down my face, which actually surprised me…
It was one of the most sweetest renditions of that song that I’ve ever heard (despite its overall message). Then there was very powerful Dreamer and tender version of Tightrope. But the best was yet to come.
It all started with a brand new intro to “Into The Wild”, very modern but still incredibly haunting. And when LP started singing and playing, yeah, you know it, tears, tears, tears. I love this song and will never get tired of listening to it.
Plus wizzard – Alex on a 12 string guitar, I mean it’s pure heaven! From wild we are going to express ourselves as “Strange”, and it will never, ever change. It feels weird, but I’m singing with LP. It’s LP-people hymn, so how can I not!
LP makes her trademark flip with harmonica, that lands on the ground. She later laughs and jokes, that each time someone asks her in the interview, “so, will there be any surprises?”… Well, here you have! Surprise! And she smiles with a smile that could melt the hardest heart…
The stage goes dark, Recovery starts with only piano sound, but that’s not the end of surprises… As LP starts singing second verse I can hear beautiful strings, the stage goes brighter and we can see two ladies and their gorgeous instruments: violin & cello.
And, this, this alone is worth every penny. I’m so thankful that LP wanted to add strings to her set, as with her voice, she reached even higher level. That was magic. I barely recovered and LP moved on to a “Tokyo Sunrise” and it was everything…
That version deserves a video & release on its own. LP with Alex on guitar and Kiaraana on violin and Leah on cello, and we are reaching the moon. I hope that both LP and her team know what a gem they have and they will put it out for the world to hear.
Tokyo Sunrise is one of the toughest LP-songs to sing live, but let me tell you, the new one: “The One That You Love” is no picnic either. That part alone costed LP a lot, both physically and mentally. But she comes up victorious.
And then we move to a final part of the concert. No more strings, but “Muddy Waters” sets a tone on its own, and it feels great to immerse yourself into that darker world. I love this song. It’s one of the best songs ever written…
Then we are moving into the light with “Girls Go Wild”, I know it’s a fan-favourite, but LP has songs that are more valuable, at least to me. Then goes “Shaken”, LP is in her element, that song is fun and awesome for dancing.
And finally we hear “Special”. LP thanks her fans and promises to see us in a flesh as soon as possible, and let’s hang on to that… “Special” is truly special, electric guitar makes a come-back and LP looks and sounds like a proper rocker.
For grand finale we hear a song that allowed LP to reach her global fanbase. Lost On You… LP sings as if we were there, and hopefully she feels our presence, especially during chorus, where it is for us to sing… Instead it’s only LP and the drums…
It feels strange, but those are strange times that we are living in. The song ends. LP thanks her band and her fans, and she disappears. The screen goes to LP logo, and we can hear screams that were recorded by LP fans, and sent prior to the concert.
And then it’s truly over. The one thing that helps is- this concert I can re-wind and re-watch, anytime. But, I miss LP and I miss my fellow LP-people. But the hope remains, one day we will get back on road and I’ll see you in person again…
I’m not going to write a lot more. If you want to witness what I have, you can still go to Veeps website and get your ticker. OR, you can wait and hope that one day, this concert will be released either via YouTube or on DVD.
I have only one regret. Why, oh why there was no “One Night In The Sun”, especially with strings… BUT as long as there’s hope, I will keep rooting for this song and a live version with strings. I’ve said this before and I will repeat – this would be a gift to mankind.
And as always, even though virtual, those words by LP fans resonated with me. @farfalla__02: “As always you managed to reach all of us beyond the distances and the screen that separated us and felt that we miss you as you miss all us. Forever only you, only LP.”
@beckalu: “I just watched LP’s livestream concert and remembered every reason for being legitimately obsessed with her. And her vocal range and capability and tone… everything. I love her SO much. So unique, original, powerful. So much swagger. So much everything.”
“Thank you LP… you just literally made my day and more than that. My heart is at least beating again.” @cinzia_lpaddicted: “This is my fav place, in front of you enchanted by your voice. Thank you LP for the tonight livestream concert. Hope to see you in a real concert soon!”
@lpeople_italia: “there are no words to describe the wonderful being that you are. It was perceived that you missed looking your audience in the eye, but you gave your whole soul as always. Thanks LP. Thanks wholeheartedly for the emotions you give us.”
@lpfamily_germany: “Still shaking!! LP, I’m sure all fans around the world generated some megawatts of love the past hour. What a show!! Thank you!!” @spacemonkey0101: “It was not quite the same. But you stared at us like we were there in front of you. And it was wonderful anyway.”
@joekarayoga: “LP livestream right NOW. Jazz finds LP’s voice beyond magnificent and quite tasty. And I concur. Man I miss live music but damn if this isn’t a pretty spectacular f@*king band aid until we are able to get back there. LP you’re killing it my friend. Thanks for doing this.”
@spookymilner: “This was the best thing. Thank you to LP and crew for putting this on, my neighbors have probably reported me for noise pollution and I ran out of cider but its all good, love you! And virtual photography is absolutely a thing.”
@noriko_sayuri: “An online concert has just ended. It was so unusual not to stand in a crowd, it was so unusual not to hear applause, it was unusual not to sit in line in the morning. However, the concert was amazing. You were just great.”
“I can’t find the words to express my delight, because half the concert I just cried, lol. LP you are incredible, inspirational, you fucking sorceress, you know about that?! And a new song? This is pure art, emotion, it is so cool that I just stared blankly at the screen without taking my eyes off at all.”
“Thank you for this concert, thank you for the inspiration and creativity. Oh my God. I’m happy to be a fan of yours. I can’t wait December. Love you.” @nickbobetsky: “Yesterday’s LP concert livestream was nuts. Three months in the making, inspired and required by COVID –
– her fans uniting from around the world for a proper concert, truly live. None of that fake pre-recorded/pretend it’s live shenanigans. LP really brought it, incredible and her band, crew – everyone crushed it. What a moment. If you missed it, you can still buy tix at lp.veeps.com – it’s all there.”
LP with her crew, working hard behind the scenes to make the streamed concert a possibility. Huge thanks to LP and to each and every one of you for doing such a fabulous job, and for letting us, LP fans, be united despite the circumstances! Thank you!!!
Update: since yesterday (16th October), LP’s concert is available to all via her official YouTube channel. So, if you kaven’t seen it yet, make sure to check it out! Especially that live concerst are not gonna happen for quite a while…