Florence Welch’s poetic lyrics, pitch-perfect voice, and addicting personality lit up the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Florence + the Machine played some of their biggest hits to over 1,800 fans in Reno who sold out the show in just two weeks. Playing songs from 2009’s Lungs and 2011’s Ceremonials, Welch + Co. delivered an absolutely unforgettable performance that to many was the best performance in Reno in 2012, to date.
A storyteller beyond just her song and dance, Welch connected with her audience by sharing experiences of the band’s time in Reno, spent discovering the running trails along the Truckee River, discovering vintage items at Junkee Clothing Exchange, and of course gambling on the biggest casino floor in Northern Nevada, the Grand Sierra. Welch’s game of choice: craps.
Welch’s upbeat attitude and whimsical ambiance embodied the entire audience as she sang favorites like “Never Let Me Go,” “No Light, No Light,” and “Leave My Body.” And of course, she couldn’t leave the Grand Theatre without playing Reno fan favorites “Shake It Out” and “Dog Days Are Over.” As each note was perfectly hit by Welch, fans sang and swayed along, some with eyes closed to fully embrace each and every single word that was resonated. It was a very dream-like evening as Welch floated across the cathedral-clad stage, decked in a swaying gown and relaxed up-do that clearly translated well amongst her fans.
As fans left the Grand Theatre, it was clear they were mesmerized and clear that they wanted more. Chatter of her goddess-like presence and emotion-driven vocals carried through the Grand Sierra and far into the parking lot. At the end of the evening, it was obvious why this show sold out so quickly and why many fans in Reno are already itching for the return of Florence + the Machine.