Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been together for 20 years now. To celebrate, the band gave fans a quarantine-styled performance of their classic song “Maps.”
Frontwoman Karen O was joined virtually by her bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase. The video starts off with O’s son opening the closet door where viewers can see Karen O’s setup. She’s standing in front of a colorful-metallic fringed wall and is rocking some festive accessories attached to her dress and hat.
“Let me tell you something. We’re doing this 20th anniversary in style,” said the frontwoman. “20 years. Yeah yeah yeah. 2020, yeah, yeah. Let me tell you something COVID-19, you cannot break these chains of love!”
Additionally, the group shared some rare footage of their very first show. The clip shows Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing their song “Our Time” at New York’s Mercury Lounge in 2000.
Watch their quarantine rendition of “Maps” and the footage of their first gig below.
20 YEARS to be hated! On this day in the year 2000 we made our debut performance at the @MercuryLoungeNY on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, we celebrate the date as our official birthday so it’s our party we can cry if we want to! pic.twitter.com/cAcdigIant
— Yeah Yeah Yeahs (@YYYs) September 24, 2020