The Yeah Yeah Yeahs inspire at Forest Hills Stadium

A few scattered downpours couldn’t stop the outpouring of the celebration of love that took place on Saturday, October 1 at Forest Hills Stadium.

The band’s fans gathered to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Cool It Down’, as well as the huge impact YYY have had on the music industry as a whole since bursting onto the scene in 2000. Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase stepped back in time and played like brave, wide-eyed kids looking to make a name for themselves in the hallowed halls of rock ‘n roll. “Cool It Down” marks the first album in nine years for YYY.

Linda Lindas and Japanese breakfast opened for YYY. Both bands let the crowd know that Karen O’s forward-thinking demeanor played a vital role in their mainstream success as artists. Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner addressed Forest Hills Stadium with a heartfelt and captivating monologue.

“I love Yeah Yeah Yeahs so much. I know you all do. This band changed my life. I remember being a young girl and discovering this band. Simultaneously thinking, like, ‘If a half-Korean woman can do it, I can do it too,” Zauner said as the crowd roared. “But then I got that other tight feeling that if there was already one, he couldn’t not be another. It’s just such a relief that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs got us to open up to them and embrace each other wholeheartedly. We are very grateful to them.

Zauner said Karen O was the reason she played music and couldn’t believe her childhood dreams were now a reality. “I really didn’t think I was going to play here when I went 9-5 at Williamsburg.”

The Forest Hills stadium came unstuck when Karen O and the YYY took the stage at around 9:16 p.m. in dramatic fashion. O’s flamboyant costume, created by talented punk rock designer Christian Joy, caught everyone’s attention. Looking like a distinguished wizard of indie rock, O leaped straight into action dancing all over the stage with the crowd following her with every leap and bound. There was an exuberant feeling in the air for Karen O’s return to the area. Every drop of YYY passion was left on stage, warning TikTokers of how the pros run their business.

Karen O’s smooth transitions between danceable hits and insightful melodies were a sight to behold. Leading his fans on an unforgettable musical journey as a dedicated grandmaster, O let his talent do the talking that night, even though there were giant oversized eyeballs bouncing around the crowd and an endless stream of colorful confetti. shaped like a Y. YYY’s undying charm remained as fresh to audiences as if it were the first time they were watching the “Maps” music video on their non-HD TVs.

“I have to tie my shoelaces because my parents would be crazy if they were untied. Saturday night,” O exclaimed while sharing a humorous moment with her fans.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed “Wolf” from their latest album and it reached the climax of nostalgic joy and current rage. “Black Tongue” and “Down Boy” gave the crowd what they wanted, taking them back to a simpler, cherished time in their lives. O and the band tackled the old and the new, giving the Forest Hills show a quintessential experience of everything YYY.

“Is it me or is it a beautiful night all of a sudden,” O asked as the rain stopped midway through the band’s set.

There was no doubt that it was a delightful evening from the start.

Photos courtesy of Kyle Stevens

Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage at Forest Hills Stadium on Saturday, October 1.

Karen O floats in the air while performing a YYY dance move.

Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner explained to the crowd why the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were important to her career.

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