March 12th, 2012, 12:08 pm · · posted by GUEST
On a mostly quiet Sunday in Orange County, while everyone else seemed to turn in early with the time change, the crowd inside of the Constellation Room in Santa Ana was just warming up. The Pretty Reckless, fronted by actress Taylor Momsen (who plays Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl and played the bright-eyed Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas), stopped by the 300-capacity venue on the third date of its Medicine Tour, which featured opening acts the Parlor Mob and the Hollywood Kills.
The Hollywood Kills kicked off the night with an excited and earnest set. Contrary to the moniker, these Nashville natives radiated nothing but Southern charm on stage. The Parlor Mob cranked out some good old rock ‘n’ roll during its set. With loud guitars and urging vocals, the crowd was amped. Set highlights included a lot of fog machine action, some heavy duty harmonica and a guitar solo that went for the gusto.
The lights dimmed just prior to the Pretty Reckless taking the stage and the audience cheered unanimously. Momsen, with her signature smokey eyes and curtain of blonde hair, let out a scream and jumped right into the first song. Momsen, a long ways away from her Upper East Side private school in Gossip Girl (and even farther away from Whoville), rocked in the spotlight with her bad girl persona, complete with leather jacket and a raw, throaty voice that demanded the crowd’s attention.
It turned out to be a bit of a girls’ night, as the primarily female-populated crowd sang along to fan favorites like “Just Tonight,” “Zombie,” “Miss Nothing,” and “Make Me Wanna Die,” the last of which was dedicated to a couple who recently used the track in their wedding. The second half of the performance included a cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” as well as tracks from its new EP, Hit Me Like a Man, which dropped last week.
During its final song, Momsen had a request for the crowd: “Put away the f***ing cameras and throw up your hands!” The crowd complied, ensuring enough singing, clapping and dancing to take everyone into the early morning hours.
See the Pretty Reckless’ music video for “Make Me Wanna Die” in the player below.
Article by Diana Le, for OrangeCounty.com. Photos by David Hall, for OrangeCounty.com.
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