HAIM packs the Hollywood Bowl with sold-out emotional comeback
Lifetime Dreams Come True: HAIM Packs The Hollywood Bowl For A Sold-Out Concert/Homecoming Party
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, the HAIIM The sisters – Danielle, Alana and Este – have developed the same dreams as millions of other budding rock stars: stardom, the type that leads to headlining performances in a sold-out Hollywood Bowl.
Last Sunday night, May 1, HAIM made those dreams come true as they packed the 17,000-seat venue with fans, friends and family, everyone getting up and bouncing with the trio and their stylish backing band for a set that leaned heavily on the 2020s. Women in Music Pt. III, their third full-length album which garnered universal acclaim and two Grammy nominations (Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance for “The Steps”), while dotting the stars of their 2013 debut, The days have passed.
Out on the Another Chaim tour in favor of Women in Music Pt. III, a ride delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this victory lap was well worth the wait. The HAIM sisters have a knack for writing compelling indie/pop songs infused with just enough 1970s Laurel Canyon vibes to sound both fresh and nostalgic – a cross-generational ability that’s translated effectively to the big screen. when Alana Haim starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. Film inspired by the valley, Licorice Pizza.
It should be pointed out that the Hollywood Bowl stoppage was not the final date of the Another Chaim tour, despite its importance to the band, as they remain on the road until mid-June. HAIM is one of many artists participating in Live Nation’s annual Concert Week event, which offers fans a chance at $25 in all-inclusive tickets to more than 3,700 concerts in 2022.
— Live Nation (@LiveNation) April 28, 2022
(This year’s campaign starts this Wednesday, May 4 through May 10, and you can find the full list of participating acts and details by clicking here.)
Buzzy Lee and Waxahatchee opened the show, which set the tone for the night ahead with elegant sunset performances as people sat, picnicked and sampled fine wines. As HAIM’s set approached, the mood grew increasingly celebratory, with anticipation reaching fever pitch as the lights dimmed.
For about an hour and a half, HAIM proved that the moment was not too big for them. Quite the contrary, in fact, as headlining a sold-out Hollywood Bowl was likely an inevitable chapter in their ever-growing career, which began as kids played at local fairs and Canter’s Deli, honing their musical skills with an undying passion, a love of what came before instilled in them years of listening to their parents’ classic rock records.
They danced, swapped instruments, fueled by fan favorites from Women in Music Pt. III and beyond, dressed in sparkly black pants and black bikini tops – despite the chilly 59-degree L.A. night air, taking advantage of a few opportunities to talk “SELL THE FUCKING HOLLYWOOD BOWL,” a phrase they clearly enjoy repeating over and over again, for obvious reasons.
They had sold out the fucking Hollywood Bowl, after all.
— RockCellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) May 2, 2022
The evening was a childhood dream come true, a manifestation of the sisters’ unwavering commitment to themselves and a well-deserved rise in the indie/pop world. Each sister, at one point or another, spoke on the microphone about how important this meant to her, visibly overwhelmed with emotion. On bass duties, Este Haim explained how she grew up promising herself to one day attend a concert at the Bowl – which she said she did when sneaking out to see Radiohead in 2004 – and from there moment, vowing to actually play the vaunted stadium at some point.
It takes a rare act to make a venue as big as the Bowl feel as intimate as a small club, but HAIM did just that, their conversational and outspoken style going a long way in ensuring that every fan, friend and colleague present feels like part of the party…because they were. The sense of accomplishment was mutual, and that’s something special.
HAIM’s journey, from the cover band gigs at the local midday fair to headlining the Hollywood Bowl, has been fascinating, and it will be a wonder to watch their next chapter unfold.
HAIM hasn’t strayed too far from his set list so far this Bowl tour, so here’s a general idea of what you can expect on any of the upcoming tour dates (for Setlist.fm):
Now I’m in
I know alone
Of a dream
don’t save me
my song 5
I want you to come back
I been down
Leaning on you
The man from the magazine
I do not want
For all time