UPDATE, May 29, 2015: Live Nation sends word that the Lana Del Rey rained-out concert at Gexa will not be rescheduled, due to too many timing conflicts.
By Christopher Mosley
An almost entirely full Gexa Energy Pavilion on Saturday was the site of one of the most massive displays of outward teen angst and despair I've had the displeasure to witness. And who could blame them? Lounge pop singer Lana Del Rey's show was "postponed" due to the threat of inclement weather, following the tease of an opening performance by '90s icon Courtney Love.
A young and predominantly female audience was forced to squirm uncomfortably in the seats (and on the lawn) for an hour before the announcement was made. "The concert got, like, canceled or whatever," said one nearby concertgoer.
Slowly pacing out of the venue, fans made frantic calls to their parents, who were likely surprised to be picking up their children hours before scheduled. The actual storm never arrived, furthering the frustration.
Attendees driving in from Oklahoma and Austin were especially vocal about the amount of money and time spent. Two women in from Oklahoma had some choice words for Texans' ability to handle bad weather. Those words can't be repeated here.
One group of teens we encountered said they had made the drive from Austin and were worried about the concert being rescheduled to take place on a school night (no date has been announced). When asked how long the group had been looking forward to the show, one of them responded, "Months. We bought tickets on the day they came out. We spent like $1,200 on tickets."
The collective groan when the robotic announcement was made over the PA was far louder than any of the intentional racket produced by Love and her extremely professional backing band, and they were quite loud.
Love is clearly finding it difficult to fathom the age gap between her and Del Rey's army of young fans, whom she referred to as "you [expletive] millennials." She was at times condescending to the audience. The singer alternated between statements such as "You guys weren't even kids when I wrote that song," and asking "Are you learning anything?" The crowd did not seem fazed and instead shrieked at any mention of Del Rey.
Love tore through a set that included several of her hits with her band Hole, including "Doll Parts," "Celebrity Skin" and "Violet." To Love's credit her rasp has only become more impressively frayed over the years, and the songs were delivered in a fashion very true to their original form.
Although she has been mocked on entertainment sites like Vice and Stereogum for not being a fully competent musician, she disproved such criticism over the course of her performance. She even did an acoustic cover of Leonard Cohen's "Take This Longing."
The scene in the Gexa parking lot following the shortened show was one of chaos, and came off like a soft riot. Del Rey's music emanated from multiple vehicles as teens stood on top of their cars and SUVs.
Traffic was at a standstill trying to leave Fair Park. Drivers swerved around stray fans and drove diagonally across the designated parking areas. There was very little police presence until much time had passed.
I sat in my car for a full hour before getting out of there. I'm hopeful that Gexa will have a better plan in place the next time a weather incident impacts an event, or at least by the time Lana Del Rey plays her rescheduled date.
Christopher Mosley is the digital editor of FD magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @christopmosley.