Lana Del Rey might as well have been tranquilized, but she seduced Red Rocks anyway

Categories: Last Night

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Brandon Marshall
There was sad Lana, drowning Lana, sleeping Lana, smiling Lana. There was even a Lana on fire. But all of these Lanas were just projections on a screen behind the physical manifestation of Lana Del Rey, who held tight to a stoicism personified in a single pout. She wore the pout throughout her set last night at Red Rocks. Hers is a very pretty stoic face, and that was the point. Lana came to be looked at and the crowd was there to admire, fawn and stare.

The singer opened the evening by telling the crowd that she had stopped at Red Rocks once, eight years ago, on her way to work on an Indian reservation. She said she left a note that read "one day, I'm going to play here." From there, the myth was laid out and the tone was set -- Del Rey stepped fully into character.

Her catatonic pill-head sway was impeccable -- from the opening of "Cola" to "Summertime Sadness," Del Rey remained in an emotionally unchanged state of perfection. Even as the wind picked up and whipped her hair around her matte lipsticked lips, she kept a mannequin's expression -- unreal at times but still beautiful, still sellable.

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Brandon Marshall

The weather was still subject to her passive persona. A gust tore at her set of dead trees. It sent her massive, fan-back wicker chair toppling completely over and Del Rey just stood there, watching her throne. She alternated between flipping her hair and batting her eyelashes at her adoring crowd, wandering with minimal sultry movement for maximum effect.

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Brandon Marshall

Del Rey called out to the backstage for a cigarette and one appeared, though the prop immediately looked awkward. It turns out that out wind, hair and cigarettes are not a great combination. But the singer didn't seem to notice. As long as Lana was wandering, half-smiling and singing, everyone was watching -- it was hard not to. Her expressions were subtle and easy to miss, but she knew her audience was rapt. She slipped in and out of "Born to Die" and "Million Dollar Man," each song cooed just loud enough to be heard over the fan voices singing along. Lana Del Rey does listless as well as anyone.

Lana "interacts" with the crowd on the next page.


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62 comments
Holiday Cole
Holiday Cole

Their is something ethereal-intangible about her and her music....a mystical force that pulls you in accompanying her physical beauty. I like the old Hollywood vibe she works as she saunters around the stage. I enjoyed her show at Red Rocks. Was it perfect? No. It was flawed. She seemed more comfortable with certain songs than others. Could she use a vocal coach to get her live performances to a higher level?...yes perhaps. She is a force who shows vast talent. I am looking forward to seeing her grow as an artist.

Anthony Osu
Anthony Osu

She was incredible. I understand she is polarizing, but in no disrespect…. fuck the haters. We don't care about them.

Petee Ol'Dub
Petee Ol'Dub

Haha don't ruin Lana's image a crowd full of hipsters, teenie boppers and boyfriends wanting to get laid. I could have taken a nap... Which can be taken as a compliment, I guess. If you like basically the same song for a whole set... And no emotion. Y'all got played.

Arturo Perez
Arturo Perez

It was amazing, she sounds great live. My son Dante loved it.

snow4april
snow4april

I was at the show and I thought she did great. It's her professional persona, obviously something is working. Mad love!

ybarcewski
ybarcewski

I have no problem with this review. Even thought it was a good one. After all a review is just that - an opinion - a critique. And I think that it is probably on the money for this show.

Elizabeth Kurtak
Elizabeth Kurtak

This is not a critique or review, just an attack. I'm sure you are just trying to be relevant and controversial, but you come off as a hateful old man. They should put with the "Ask a Stoner" column if this is supposed to be satire. If this is a "serious" review, Westword and all of us deserve better.

elizabeth476
elizabeth476

I don't even know who she is and I like her way better than you. What an asshole you are! And fuck Westword for printing this "critique".

Randy Gutierrez
Randy Gutierrez

Andres? Lmao!!! Sounds to me like YOU need to go fuck yourself. Get that hostility out of your bitchy ass!!! #stickyourdickinyoushittyass

Randy Gutierrez
Randy Gutierrez

Different strokes for different folks. The hater should go jump off a cliff. #getalife

Sami Martinez
Sami Martinez

Such a beautiful voice and talented artist. I love LDR and had the most amazing time ever.

Jeremy Freier
Jeremy Freier

She was amazing and beautiful, pitch perfect. Though she may be listless she is still an amazing performer! You don't have to be doing cartwheels and have pyrotechnics to put on a good show.

courtneydreyer
courtneydreyer

What's with all the hate? I was there last night and it was an incredible concert. What were people expecting? That she was going to change all of her slow, drugged out music into dance music for the concert? It would have felt so strange if she was all high energy and bouncing around the stage to her type of music. Not every music has to be the type you get up and dance to. She did her thing and she did it extremely well. Quit trying to act like she was lifeless... anyone who was there knows how strong that energy was. The show was sold out and the crowd was screaming and singing along the whole time. Get over the fact that you couldn't dance and grind for a couple hours.

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

Maybe she didn't feel good...had a cold or something, but went on to do a good show anyway.

seaglass
seaglass

Hm. Kind of disappointed that this article didn't focus more on the actual music, so I guess she fooled the writer as well.

Brian Hart
Brian Hart

Good point Josh, I guess it just depends on how much someone likes the music.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Zip drive eh? You really are clueless about what goes on. All good.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Really? What kind of concerts are your attending?! Sounds like they had to or they'd have fallen asleep. Go to some "real" concerts where people are hyped and the musicians have energy. Save the sitting for orchestras and choirs :)

Amanda Marie
Amanda Marie

Well at least I feel less sad that I wasn't there, Kates Christensen

Brian Hart
Brian Hart

The whole crowd stood the entire time, I don't see that at too many concerts! It was a great concert.

Mark Faulkner
Mark Faulkner

>>> Elijah Eagle Lewis, NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO NOTICED !!..........

logan.block
logan.block

Andres has nothing better to do with his life than TROLL social media rofl #getalifebro #anyonecanhashtag

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