Watch ALO Enlist Rainbow Girls For ABBA & Britney Spears Covers In California
The trio added to “Baby One More Time” in Santa Barbara and “Take A Chance On Me” in Venice.
By Scott Bernstein Mar 20, 2023 • 1:42 pm PDT
ALO resumed their Tour d’Amour XVI in California between Wednesday and Saturday nights. After presenting “An Evening With ALO” in Felton on Wednesday, Rainbow Girls kicked off the action and sat in with the headliners on Thursday in Santa Barbara, Friday in Venice and Saturday in Solana Beach.
Thursday’s show at SOhO was a hometown concert for ALO, who are celebrating 25 years as a band in 2023. Guitarist Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, keyboardist Zach Gill, bassist Steve Adams and drummer Ezra Lipp opened with “Hot Damn” in Santa Barbara. Bookending the night was an encore of “Divine Fall” and “Goodnight Song.” All three tunes are featured on ALO’s recently released studio album, Silver Saturdays.
ALO delivered a career-spanning performance in between cuts from Silver Saturdays in Santa Barbara. Oldies “Blew Out The Walls,” “Wasting Time” and “Cowboys And Chorus Girls” made the setlist as did a “Walls Of Jericho” encompassing Taj Mahal’s “Further On Down The Road.” Rainbow Girls made their first appearance in between “Cowboys And Chorus Girls” and “Walls Of Jericho” at SOhO. The trio consisting of Vanessa May, Erin Chapin and Caitlin Gowdey handled lead vocals on a cover of Britney Spears’ 1999 hit “Baby One More Time.”
See Rainbow Girls lead ALO on “Baby One More Time” via fan-shot video below:
This year’s Tour d’Amour pulled into Venice on Friday for a St. Patrick’s Day gala at The Venice West. Once again ALO pulled from Silver Saturdays to get their first set underway. This time, “Growing Your Hands Back” got the call to open. Next came performances of “Push” off 2015’s Tangle Of Time, “All Alone” from 2007’s Roses & Clover and “Dead Still Dance” off 2012’s Sounds Like This.
Rainbow Girls emerged after “Dead Still Dance” to sing “We’ve All Got To Reckon With The Fall,” a song they recorded with Lipp during the pandemic for his 2022 solo album, The Softened Sky. The trio stuck around to front ALO on “Take A Chance On Me,” a cover of ABBA’s 1978 smash.
See multi-cam video of Friday’s “Take A Chance On Me” collaboration below:
ALO ended the first set in Venice sans guests by pairing Silver Saturdays’ “Rare Air” and beloved classic “Maria.” The second set began with “Girls I Wanna Lay You Down” and ended with a “Room For Bloomin'” that saw the band celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by incorporating covers of Irish ballad “Danny Boy” and “Where The Streets Have No Name” by Ireland’s U2. The quartet took on Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” as the encore to wrap up Friday’s show.
Saturday’s concert at the Belly Up in Solana Beach began with the beloved “Plastic Bubble” and a “Cowboys And Chorus Girls” that included elements of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner.” After “Rewind” and “Not Old Yet,” ALO went back to Silver Saturdays for “Sparrow” before ending the frame with a cover of The Doobie Brothers’ “Listen To The Music” and Roses & Clover cut “Lady Loop.” Rainbow Girls contributed to a rendition of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” as part of a second set heavy on Silver Saturdays material. ALO punctuated the night with an encore featuring Supertramp’s “Take The Long Way Home” and a “BBQ” featuring a trip to “Swingtown” within.
ALO’s Tour d’Amour moves to The Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday.
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Setlists (via ALO Shapeshifters/Greg Hoagland)
Thursday, March 16 @ SOhO – Santa Barbara, CA
Set: Hot Damn, Blew Out the Walls, Wasting Time, Keep on Giving Jane, Ridin^, The Party, Cowboys and Chorus Girls*, Hit Me Baby One More Time+, Walls of Jericho > Further on Down the Road% > Walls of Jericho, Kolomana, Brandy(You’re a Fine Girl)€, Get to Do it Again
Encore: Divine Fall > Goodnight Song
- ^ contained elements of Born on the Bayou(CCR)
- * contained elements of Cantina Band(John Williams)
- + Britney Spears, with Rainbow Girls
- % Taj Mahal
- € Looking Glass
Friday, March 17 @ The Venice West – Venice, CA
Set One: Growing Your Hands Back, Push, All Alone^, Dead Still Dance, We’ve All Got To Reckon With the Fall*, Take a Chance on Me*+, Rare Air, Maria
Set Two: Girl I Wanna Lay You Down, Sparrow, Waiting For Jaden, Falling Dominoes, Electric Ave€, Undertow, Roses & Clover > Room for Bloomin’£ >Danny Boy >Where the Streets Have No Name¥ >Danny Boy >Bloomin’
Encore: Into the Mystic**
- ^ contained elements of Sun is Shining (Bob Marley)
- * with Rainbow Girls
- + Abba
- € Eddy Grant
- £ Contained elements of Fever (Peggy Lee)
- ¥ U2
- ** Van Morrison
Saturday, March 18 @ Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
1: Plastic Bubble, Cowboys and Chorus Girls^, Rewind, Not Old Yet, Sparrow, Listen to the Music*, Lady Loop
2: Get to Do it Again, Keep on Giving Jane, Try > For What It’s Worth% >Try, Stayin’ Alive$, Hot Damn, I Love Music, Make it Back Home
E: Take the Long Way Home€, BBQ > Swingtown£ >BBQ
- ^contained elements of Tom’s Diner (Suzanne Vega)
- * Doobie Brothers
- % Buffalo Springfield
- $ Bee Gees, with Rainbow Girls
- € Supertramp
- £ Steve Miller Band