Clad in a shiny purple and gold suit with exaggerated makeup and a papal hat, the frontwoman cut the figure of a true rockstar, something that was only backed up by her leg kicks, floor gymnastics, crotch grabbing and piercing scream.
As the sun went down on Golden Gate Park, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs punched their thousands of fans in the face with their hard-hitting indie rock.
Several tracks came from the recently released Mosquito, including the opener “Sacrilege” and the title track – where Karen O yelps “I’ll suck your blood!”
The festivities really revved up when the band pulled out “Heads Will Roll” a few songs in, with the 2009 hit inciting the crowd to dance along with the mesmerizing synthesizers.
Guitarist Nick Zinner’s fretwork was also a star of the show, leading the wubby groove of “Under the Earth” and ringing out the screechy opening chords of “Zero.”
With their shock-the-system sounds and bombastic performance art, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were a solid way to ease in to Nine Inch Nails’ headlining set on Saturday night.
Led by frontman Thomas Mars, the band was shown on a side video screen pulling up to the stage on a golf cart, a sight that primed the crowd.
Whether it was their opener “Entertainment” from 2013’s Bankrupt! or “Lisztomania” from the Grammy-winning Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the packed audience kept their hands raised in affirmation throughout the show.
Their debut full-length album “When It Was Now” has its fair share of hits, all of which the band laid out.
Saying hello to an Australian flag that was waving from the middle of the masses, frontman Keith Jeffery jammed out on the rollicking “If So” and got sultry on the slow-burning “Back Seat.”
Atlas Genius’ biggest hit “Trojans” wasn’t the closer, but it did pave the way for the club-ready “Electric,” sending everyone off on a high note.