Gnarls Barkley @ The Fillmore (7/18/06)

Last night Gnarls Barkley kicked off the first night of their official U.S. tour playing the first of two sold out, back-to-back shows at the famed Fillmore in San Francisco. With the #2 single (Crazy) on the U.S. Billboard charts right now, the crowd was starting to get a bit rowdy by the time the band came onstage at close to 10:30pm.

The duo of DJ Danger Mouse and soul singer Cee-Lo was backed by an 11-piece band that included a four-part string section, 3 background vocalists, a keyboardist, bassist and lastly, two musicians who you may have heard me talk about in the past -- Chris Vrenna (drums) & Clint Walsh (gtr) -- aka Tweaker!

Opening the show with Duran Duran's "Hungry Like a Wolf" and dressed as short-order cooks, the band played through their only album, the recently released "St. Elsewhere". And considering the album clocks in just under 40 minutes long, the band struggled to play for 60 minutes. But in the end, the crowd walked away happy with not a single complaint heard as everyone filed out of the venue.

Although the audio in this clip below isn't great, you can definitely how much both the band and the crowd were having during the show!



And I had to include their recent performance from the 2006 MTV Video Awards when they had the chance to wear the original costumes from Star Wars!

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