Houston Can't Get Enough Lana Del Rey

It's probably a smart move that Lana Del Rey (or her management team, anyway) isn't allowing the press to cover her tour with Courtney Love, which began Thursday night at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. To say the Hollywood “sadcore” singer has had a touchy relationship with the media is putting it lightly, and artists are well within their rights to restrict access that way; in fact, no less than Bob Dylan did it earlier this week and our reviewer Bob Ruggiero paid for a ticket with good old greenback U.S. dollars. Thursday was also the first night of the tour, which surely added a few first-night jitters to the equation.

Wednesday afternoon, we were told that the same was true of Del Rey's concert at the Pavilion, but media access and social-media access aren't quite the same thing. At Dylan, though, anyone who was even thinking about snapping a quick pic was shut down in short order. Thursday's Woodlands crowd — reported to be some 16,500 fans — must have been a sea of smartphones, judging by the amount of photos and videos that are still appearing on Twitter this morning. (There would be a lot more of what you're about to see, but something in our software precludes embedding tweets with emojis.) And good on Del Rey, who even covered cartoon bombshell Jessica Rabbit's “Do Right” from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for taking a few selfies with her fans, too.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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