Sparks to mount 1974 ‘Kimono’ album live on Valentine’s Day

Singer Russell Mael of the Sparks, right, and his brother Ron Mael perform last year at the Coachella Valley music festival. The duo will perform their entire 1974 album "Kimono My House" on Valentine's Day at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Adventuresome L.A. pop duo Sparks will serve up a characteristically idiosyncratic love letter to the band’s hometown on Valentine’s Day with what’s billed as a one-time-only performance of their 1974 album “Kimono My House” backed by a 38-piece orchestra at the Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown.

Brothers Russell and Ron Mael said they’ll also draw from their other 23 albums at the show, with the centerpiece being their glam-rock classic that merged rock, dance, electronic, British music hall, classical and operatic instrumental and choral elements.

“Kimono My House” includes their single “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” and “Amateur Hour,” songs that have remained in their concert repertoire over the years.


“We will turn the stunning Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown into symphonic heaven for the only planned North American concert of this performance,” the Maels said in a joint statement.

The show marks the first anniversary of live entertainment at the renovated hotel, and the Sparks show is a collaboration between the Ace, FYF Fest and concert promoter Goldenvoice.

In 2008, the Sparks performed all 21 of their studio albums released to date in their entirety over the course of 21 nonconsecutive nights, an undertaking since unequaled by any pop music act.

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