Mandy Moore returns to the stage with a nostalgic, charming performance at Bootleg Theater

Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater Los Angeles
Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater — Photo: Ana Baca

After nearly 13 years without performing in front of a live audience, Mandy Moore was welcomed back to the stage with a roaring round of applause, cheers and smiles during the first night of her four-night residency at the Bootleg Theater on Saturday night. The vibes in the room were electric. She opened the show with “When I Was Watching,” a new song off her upcoming album ‘Silver Landings’.

Even though it was her return to the stage; the night was not just about Mandy Moore. She invited a couple of her close musician friends to perform a couple of their own songs and perform with her. Among the guests were Sara Watkins, Inara George, and Madison Cunningham who will be joining Mandy Moore on tour this spring.

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As the show went on Mandy seemed to be a bit more at ease and gained more confidence. The crowd kept requesting songs like “In My Pocket” and “Candy” from her early teen years. There was a fan that requested “Lock Me in Your Heart” a song from her 1999 debut album ‘So Real’ where Mandy was surprised and responded laughing “Woah! That’s a deep cut!” that made the entire room laugh. She was in good spirits and kept making jokes. The set was mainly songs from her upcoming album but the song that stuck out the most was “Fifteen.” A song about her teenage years as an artist and how she didn’t have much creative control then and now she looks back with such affection and the song is a tribute to her 15-year-old self.

Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater Los Angeles
Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater — Photo: Ana Baca
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Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater — Photo: Ana Baca

Mandy closed her set with another new song off her upcoming album called “Tryin’ My Best, Los Angeles” and “it’s about the city that we all love” she says.

Her set was done, and she left the stage to the sound of cheers and applause with a big smile on her face. The attendees were beginning to head when she came back for the encore to perform one more song. “I feel like I owe you guys this song for being here and waiting in line to get in…” she says, the audience went crazy when the first notes of her 1999 hit single “Candy” began to play on the keyboard.

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The first show of Mandy’s four-night residency at the Bootleg is one for the books. Her next shows are not to be missed if you want to feel that nostalgia of your early teen years. I know I did and will be back next weekend.

Catch Mandy Moore’s Silver Landing residency at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on Saturdays — Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. Tickets are $20 at the door, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. More info!

Words & Photos: Ana Baca

How Early Should I Arrive for Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater?

If you’re planning on heading to Mandy Moore at the Bootleg Theater and are wondering “how early should I arrive to get tickets to Mandy Moore at the Bootleg Theater?” — we got you.

Ana Baca, our covering writer / photographer who covered Mandy Moore’s first of her Bootleg Residency shows arrived at 10am! But that was too early.

“The first set of people didn’t arrive until 3 pm and there after. The line didn’t hit the corner until 6 pm. I want to say, if one is in the line around the block, there is a likely chance they’ll get into the show.”

Considering tickets to Mandy Moore’s shows at the Bootleg Theater will be in higher in demand the second, third and forth time around — you best get there early to ensure your spot in the house.

Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater Los Angeles
Mandy Moore at Bootleg Theater — Photo: Ana Baca

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