It was too good to be true. Thousands packed into the fourth-story Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan to see London trio The XX Wednesday night, a massive showing for an indie rock concert on the Las Vegas Strip. And despite a cloud clearing that spared a live set from opener John Talbot, The XX walked onstage to sprinkles — an appropriate atmosphere for the band's melancholy love songs — and, just a half-hour into what was to be a 75-minute set, was ushered offstage due to heavy rain.
It's a crushing blow to both music fans in Las Vegas, who collectively dropped their jaws when they saw the Vegas date on The XX's fall tour announcement, and The Cosmopolitan, who has had the rotten luck of suffering two rain-hampered shows at its popular poolside venue in as many months. The band itself seemed reluctant to end the show — it probably never expected the size or reception of the crowd it encountered upon kicking off set opener and single "Angels," which became a duet between singer/guitarist Romy Madley Croft and a full-throated audience. After developing both momentum and mood with songs like "Heart Skipped a Beat" and "Crystalised," the rain became a downpour, Croft said goodbye and a venue rep announced the cancellation of the show. (At press time, The Cosmopolitan has not confirmed plans for ticket refunds, as it's trying to reschedule the show.)
The XX has already issued a statement to local fans via Facebook: "To everyone who came to see us in Las Vegas tonight. Thank you so much for braving the rain! We tried to stay out there as long as we could but the weather was against us. We still had so much fun and we will be back soon!"
If the band means what it says, those left wet and those who missed out will have another chance to experience its moody, melodic tunes in the future.