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Lana Del Rey performs for the West Coast

Justin San Diego

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Lana Del Rey fans camped outside the venue and fought to be closer to the stage to see their idol perform her first show in the Bay Area.

“I don’t deserve you, but i’m gonna take it anyways,” Del Rey said to the crowd of aggressively enthusiastic fans.

She performed 14 songs throughout a 70-minute show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on April 18.

The San Francisco crowd was one of the first to hear her new single “West Coast” performed live. This was Del Rey’s third time performing it.

Del Rey enters the stage wearing a loose-fitting summer dress. The show began with the vulgar opening line from “Cola.”

The stage looked like an enchanted forest with several trees, a wicker chair, three band members and a large screen that played footage of the concert and music videos to accompany her performance.

Del Rey performed all her hits except “Burning Desire.”

One standout moment came during “Million Dollar Man,” when Del Rey’s voice soared at the end to hit a note that was not  on the studio version.

This concert was different from most pop shows. Del Rey focused heavily on the music and lyrics instead of stage tricks, dancing and stage outfits.

“It is important to look past the lights, glitter and dance and find a song that truly speaks to you. With Lana Del Rey you have music with stories that you can relate to,” show attendee Richard Moreno, 23, business administration student said.

Del Rey’s show is not energetic. Her main selling point is songs that are full of emotion performed live.

The show’s energy stayed low. Song choices should have been more diverse to help make the show more dynamic.

The most popular songs, “Ride,” ”Summertime Sadness,” “Video Games” and “National Anthem” were saved for last.

The concert had no opening acts, no breaks and no encore.

Toward the end of the show, Del Rey engaged with the fans who were close to the stage and signed many items and shook hands with them.

While  Del Rey sounded and looked great, her show could benefit from more energy and adding songs that have variety of sounds.

Del Rey’s new album, titled “Ultraviolence” does not have a set release date, but is expected to be out soon.

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