King Princess was/is all about the stage antics. She took some selfies with a fan’s phone, jumped off stage to check out a pic a fan had brought from a past show. Even being lifted back on the stage by a security guard even felt charming.
“It’s time for the Lilith Fair portion of the show…” King Princess chuckled before playing the airy and acoustic “Change The Locks”, featuring rippling vocal melodies later on.
At one point there was a lull in noise between tracks and a fan was able to get King Princess’ attention. The fan announced that they were coming out. King Princess shouted them out for the whole crowd and told them they had a gift for them. And with a big smile the band went into “1950,” a song about being in love with a straight individual.
As there were high highs in energy, so there were low, more vulnerable moments. King Princess introduced the song “Dotted Line” about her music industry experiences. They delivered it powerfully with matching lyrics like, “It sounds like a song, but hits like a bible.” All of the times King Princess spent at the piano felt that way too, like during “Hit The Back” off Cheap Queen.
As King Princess wound down their set with a scorching performance of “Ohio” from 2020 which, in its frenzied ending, inspired them to rip the strings out of their electric guitar followed by a quick fade to black.
No surprise, they were called back to the stage for an encore. They chose a cover first, absolutely crushing “Celebrity Skin” by Hole. Fittingly on many levels, King Princess ended their Fillmore show Friday night with “Let Us Die”, the last song off Hold On Baby. The song’s Thelma and Louise essence gives it a relatable, passionate feeling.
Towards the end of the track, King Princess cut their sound, and The Fillmore was filled with the crowd singing, “And drive the car right off the cliff, and let us dive.”