So we’re halfway through our ordinary week when Albert Hammond Jr. announced a free show with RSVP at the super intimate Downtown LA bar, Resident. Obviously anyone who’s anyone had to be there; and dang was the line long. Luckily for us we got inside and let me tell you, it was a night for the books. Fans waited in line as early as 2:30pm or a chance to get inside and be a part of the limited audience. Once those doors opened a little after 8pm, the lucky few stormed the entrance.
The chanting soon followed: “Albert! Albert! Albert! ”
Only after a short two-hour wait from doors, Albert and his band came out! But don’t worry; It was well worth the wait. Getting things off and running with some well-known songs of his, fans happily sang along. Albert was not shy, and actually let the lucky crowd in on the upcoming release of his new album, Francis Trouble which will be released March 9.
Albert and his band shared some new songs which trust me, sound spot on! The night was filled with pure joy that any rock show brings and then some. Albert played around and even used a plank of wood on the ceiling as if it were monkey bars. He effortlessly climbed from the stage to the bar, hanging over the ecstatic audience. It was crazy! What more could you expect from the wildly talented guitarist of The Strokes anyway? He knows how to entertain like any frontman should, as well as back up the walk with his skills. I mean, Albert is a true guitar slayer (crazy facial expressions included).
I think all of those who attended Wednesday’s show know how lucky they are to have caught this unique night of music. With a full tour announced, Los Angeles can now look forward to catching Albert Hammond Jr. at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on March 7th! Get tickets here.
Words & Photography: Danielle Gornbein