Photos and Published by Joe Stadele on May 22, 2014
For Este Haim, playing the Purple Rain stage was a dream come true. In fact, the eldest Haim sister claims to have dreamed of playing the stage Prince once called home, since the tender age of 10. Her enthusiasm for First Avenue was met by an equally enthusiastic sold out audience ready to rage their Monday night away.
Pure and simple, Haim were ready to rock and rage…and encouraged the audience to as well. From the uptempo set by openers Tennis to Haim’s guitar soloing, booty-shaking, percussive set, their was no room for excuses; not even on a Monday night. “I know you guys wanna rage, so let’s fucking rage,” screamed Alana. And rage they did. In fact, even a “quieter” song like “Running If You Call My Name” morphed into a full on rocker.
Danielle stood her ground center stage, ripping guitar solo upon guitar solo in her leather vest while Este and Alana seemed to pump up the crowd. The eldest and youngest Haim sisters paced the stage, head-banging, stealing the hat off a security guard and playing up to the audience from start to finish. Este’s expressed a near obsessive admiration for Prince and the First Avenue stage which played well to the Minneapolis concert goers. At the end of the night, it was the ladies fun-loving and self-deprecating sense of humor that won the crowd over. After two false starts to “Don’t Save Me,” Este owned it up claiming with a wink, “What is going on right now!?….I think we are just really intimidated with this stage. I think everyone knows I fucking love Prince.”
Highlights of the night were reserved for booty shaking Timbaland-esque “Song Number 5” and the climactic “Forever.” In fact, had the ladies had confetti or balloons, “Forever” would have been the perfect moment to unleash them from the rafters and push the visible sense of euphoria over the crowd into a whole other level. The ladies had a few percussive tricks up their sleeve when they returned for encore. Danielle took to the drum kit while Este “Haim-anized” (remind me to not use that word again) an incredible rendition of Beyonce’s “XO” and they closed out the an extended “Let Me Go” with a tribal drum outro.
Opening the night, tour partners Tennis shared their brand of bubbly feel good pop with the Minneapolis crowd. Performing as a four piece, the husband/wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore were clearly focused on their new material, culling nearly every track from their new, Small Sound EP (available now), plus several tracks from their upcoming full length album. For good measure, Tennis capped off their surf pop set with fan favorites “Origins” and “My Better Self.”
While their tour wraps up this week, the Haim/Tennis duo made one of their final nights in Minneapolis count.
If I Could Change Your Mind
Honey & I
Days Are Gone
My Song 5
Running If You Call My Name
Don’t Save Me
XO (Beyonce cover)
Let Me Go (extended drum)
Cured Of Youth
Needle & A Knife
My Better Self