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Live Recap: Albert Hammond, Jr. at The Nights We Stole Christmas 2018
If you’re a fan of live music, The Holidays don’t just mean time with family and friends, presents, and ugly Christmas sweaters; This time of year also guarantees that there will be plenty of radio sponsored concerts to attend. And last week, the city’s alternative radio station WKQX kicked off their string of annual holiday concerts held at Aragon Ballroom, deemed The Nights We Stole Christmas, on Thursday, November 29th. After a successful first night, the second night brought in Albert Hammond Jr, Grandson, and Smashing Pumpkins to take over the Uptown venue for a sold out, Friday night party.
Albert Hammond, Jr got the party started at 7PM sharp, returning to the city for the first time since his sold out headline show at Bottom Lounge. His past performance had been full of electric energy— both from Albert and a sea of enthusiastic fans, and his show on Friday held the same level of energy. While people were still filing into the ballroom’s main floor when Albert’s set began, the room buzzed with excitement when the singer burst onto the stage donning a gold suit perfect for the special occasion. The frontman and his band played through songs from his extensive discography, but heavily focused on the most recent album Francis Trouble, released in March of this year. Throughout the 45 minute set, the gusto behind Albert Hammond, Jr’s stage presence only accelerated, and he poured everything he had into the last few songs of the night. Whether he was jumping off the stage to walk the catwalk that had been barricaded off by the venue, leaping off the drum kit, or lifting his guitar above his head, Albert Hammond Jr gave the crowd plenty to remember during his finale. As Albert and his band left the stage to waves of applause, the crowd had been successfully warmed up for the rest of the night.
Check out photos from the set below if you missed out— and see where you can catch Albert Hammond Jr next here.