Celebrating Canada Day at Echo Beach with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O has always been my Number One Girl Crush. And that was before I witnessed her mimic masturbation while singing “Tick” on Canada Day.

Currently on tour in support of their most recent album, Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman and her bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase (plus touring guitarist-keyboardist David Pajo) played to a packed Echo Beach this past Monday in a performance that included not one, but two encores.

The 90-minute set featured songs spanning across all four of the band’s albums, including hits like “Sacrilege,” Gold Lion,” “Date with the Night,” “Heads Will Roll,” and, of course, “Maps,” which O introduced as a “Yeah Yeah Yeahs summer love song.”

Forever a fashion force to be reckoned with, O sported white sequined capris and a fringe jacket, later replaced with her signature leather one and then again with a cape. As she bounded across the stage with a little Canadian flag, I found it impossible to take my eyes off of her. While O was undoubtedly the star, her bandmates injected plenty of personality into the performance as well; Zinner snapped several photos of the audience and Chase had what looked to be the best time ever.

I may have been miles away from fireworks and cottage life, but as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get much more patriotic than singing, “Wait, they don’t love you like a love you,” alongside a couple thousand people as the CN Tower is lit up in red and white in the distance.

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