By Brad Haynes
It was the perfect opening for a singer who so closely associates with old Hollywood. The soaring strings of Henry Mancini’s classic “Experiment in Terror” from the 1962 film of the same name welcomed the enthusiastic Amway Center audience as the sultry Lana Del Rey made her way to the stage to start the evening herself with “13 Beaches.”
Black and white video glimpses of the rocky California shore was the dangerous motif that would play out over the night, with Del Rey captured in retro black and white on the video monitors.
Despite the downbeat feel of the majority of her music, she radiated a sunny glow throughout the show, wearing a pink sweater and glittering go go boots that looked like they came from another era.
“I am so happy to be here,” she announced to the crowd, who were just as happy to have her there.
Effects were subtle but perfect. During “Pretty When You Cry,” she and her two back up singers laid onstage with the video effects putting them on an isolated beach.
The ethereal “Cherry” played out nicely on its reference to “rosemary and thyme” with a brief snippet by Del Rey of the Simon and Garfunkel classic “Scarborough Fair.”
Pulling out her guitar, Del Rey went for an acoustic moment with “Yayo,” putting her distinctive vocal stylings on full display.
Throughout the night she displayed an incredibly strong connection with her audience, generously handing the chorus over to them on fan favorites like “Born To Die.”
“Do you think I should do ‘Honeymoon’ or skip it?” she asked (surely knowing the answer the crowd would offer up) before launching into the haunting title track from her 2015 album.
“Happy Birthday Mr. President” found Del Rey channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe and starting her own seemingly patriotic segment also featuring her very own “National Anthem” before switching things up (her words) with her salute to the Sunshine State, “Florida Kilos.”
Songs from her three albums were interspersed equally but the title track from her latest, “Lust For Life,” was a definite crowd favorite.
Bringing it back to where it all began, Del Rey hopped aboard a swing for “Video Games.”
A verse of “Salvatore” lead into her hit “Summertime Sadness” and then a very private trip into the audience where she interrupted the show for a brief period chatting with fans, taking selfies and making a lot of concert goers who were observed on the overhead screens extremely happy.
“Don’t judge me tonight if I can’t hit my highs she said,” before launching into the never-released “Serial Killer.”
“This is totally my zone and you are my people and we’re so glad to be here tonight,” she announced before closing the show with the well-received “Off To The Races.”
Del Rey may be an acquired taste, but if its a taste you like, you won’t want to miss the chance to be in her presence the next time she comes to Orlando.