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Lana del Ray in "National Anthem" tribute on 4th of July

5th July 2012 | 4.131 Views
Lana del Ray in
The US national color, The Stars and Stripes. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)
Montreaux, Switzerland (ANTARA News) - Lana Del Rey gave a Fourth of July concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival that left fans wanting more of the American chanteuse, who swept to fame last year on the back of her haunting Video Games single.

The New York native, looking like a vintage-inspired bride in a white lace mini dress and with large white flowers in her hair, performed just nine songs in a tight 45-minute show that fittingly finished with her National Anthem track.

Fans, who paid 78 Swiss francs ($80) a ticket for the Wednesday evening show, were mainly treated to songs from Del Rey's hit album Born To Die including Blue Jeans and Million Dollar Man, though some said the gig was too brief.

"It was very good, but 45 minutes is a little light. She didn't even introduce the musicians," Dany Faigaux of Geneva told Reuters as he left the Miles Davis Hall, named after the influential jazz trumpeter.

"I hope you liked it, we're happy to be here on the 4th of July," Del Rey said before launching into National Anthem, as images of the American flag, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy and fireworks splashed across screens.

"Ok guys, we'll see you," she said abruptly, reaching out to touch fans as she exited the stage. She did not return for an encore.

"She was amazing, mesmerising," said India Plummer, visiting from Britain. "It was a bit short, I would have listened longer. The supporting act was too long."

Born to Die has soared on Britain's charts, making Del Rey the third-biggest artist seller of 2012 after Adele's 21 and Our Version of Events by Emeli Sande, according to figures from the BPI record industry body published on Monday.

Del Rey, real name Elizabeth Grant, was also named International Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards, British pop's top honours in February.

The 46th edition of Montreux, one of Europe's most prestigious summer music festivals, also features Bob Dylan, Katie Melua, Hugh Laurie, Gilberto Gil and a disco evening produced by Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson.