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Gnarls Barkley at ACL

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Posted by admin On September - 29 - 2008

-A.S. Having missed part of their set at Lollapalooza, I was determined to catch all of their show at ACL. They opened with “Charity Case,” the opening track off of The Odd Couple. After a song or two, Cee Lo apologized to the crowd for the condition of his voice, explaining that it was the last stop of their four month tour. While his voice didn’t sound as smooth as it usually does, it is so good he can even pull off the rawer, grittier style too.Even Cee Lo without his voice at it’s peak, like it was at Lollapalooza, is one of my favorite singers.

He told the crowd they would play “Gone Daddy Gone” since it was an “oldie, but a goody” and it always makes people dance. Sure enough, the massive crowd began to bob and shake their collective booty.

Cee Lo’s banter was even better at ACL than it was at Lollapalooza. He screamed into the mic, “oh my god! Gnarls Barkley is coming! Run for your life!” to introduce “Run.” After “Going On” he asked the crowd what they were all staring at and if they had a problem with him.At ACL, Danger Mouse replaced the mustard yellow blazer he wore at Lollapalooza with a sequenced black one.

The band performed a slowed down, weirded out version of “Transformer.” During “Crazy,” Cee Lo held his mic out over the crowd so they could all sing the chorus. The band left the stage, leaving Danger Mouse at his organ. After laying down a beat and some chords, Cee Lo came out and the two performed “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul Now?” alone for the first half and finished it up with the band.

Cee Lo asked the crowd to shout “f*ck yeah!” if they wanted to hear one more song. After getting the crowd to shout it several times he laughed, and informed everyone that he loves cursing. They closed their set with one of my favorite covers from the whole summer, Radiohead’s “Reckoner.”

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