Elle King grabbed hold of the packed house at the Majestic Theater on November 21 in Madison, Wis., and didn’t let go until she finally walked off the stage a little after midnight. Meshing rock and blues with pop hooks, the soulful vocalist added an equal part of attitude. Fortunately for King, she backed her swagger with her incredible voice.
Having broken well into the Billboard 200 with her debut album, “Love Stuff,” King is enjoying her first headline tour heading into the holidays. The 90-minute slot allowed her to work through most of the album as well as her earlier eponymous E.P. She began with “Jackson” and “Can’t Be Loved” on guitar, then switched to banjo for “Good to Be a Man.” The latter a by-product of a failed relationship–the fodder for most of her music according to the brutally honest songstress.
King stopped the show for a moment after “Where the Devil Don’t Go,” when she noticed a skirmish among some fans. She told the crowd, “We’re all here together and you all have one thing in common…you all love me. So chill out.” The rest of the night went off without a hitch, with fans singing their way through her set. King’s vocals shined on the sultry “Under the Influence,” and she asked all but guitarist Simon Kafka to leave the stage for “See You Again.” She also ripped through a blissful cover of The Beatles “Oh! Darling.”
After performing her recently Platinum smash “Ex’s and Oh’s,” King admitted she’s not a role model but stressed to her fans, “It’s important for people to realize that despite your religion, race, age or appearance that anybody can make it in life.” She continued with “Last Damn Night” before closing out the show with the spooky “Ain’t Gonna Drown.”
It didn’t take but a few songs for King to demonstrate that she’s much more than a hit single, easily filling her time with an abundance of infectious tunes. The tour continues though the Midwest as it heads toward the East Coast until the end of November. She’ll return to the road early next year, joining Vance Joy for a short run of dates beginning in February.
Remaining Elle King headline tour dates:
Nov. 21 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ The Vogue
Nov. 23 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Majestic
Nov. 24 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Grog Shop
Nov. 27 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
Nov. 28 – Providence, R.I. @ The Met
Nov. 30 – Richmond, Va. @ The National