So Friday night we made our yearly trek to the Electric Factory to see my wife’s favorite band Flogging Molly. The band came to Philly as part of their traditional Green Tour and a great night it was! The show started with “Speed of Darkness” a song from their forthcoming album Don’t Shut ’em Down and right from the start you knew Dave was in a good mood and it was going to be a good show. After the opening number Dave shouted out – “I hope you all aren’t planning on going anywhere after, ’cause we’re gonna be here for a fuckin’ long time if you know what I mean.” The band then proceeded to put on a great two hour show filled with a bunch of old crowd favorites like “Drunken Lullabies”, “Worst Day Since Yesterday”, “Rebels of The Sacred Heart” and a song Dave said they hadn’t dome for a long while but we know they have because it’s been the encore at several shows we’ve been to “Black Friday Rules” . They mixed in with the old some new tracks like “Saints and Simmers” and the title track from the new album “Don’t Shut Them Down.” In the middle of the show they took a break and played a short acoustic set that included “The Wanderlust”” from the album Whiskey on Sunday and “So Sail On”. Prior to singing the songs Dave made a comment that most times you will find them sitting around with fiddles, banjos and acoustic guitars.
So my son Andrew, his girlfriend Meaghan and I went to see Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (RCPM)at Live at the World Cafe on Friday night. Andrew and I had gone to see RCPM last year at Andrew’s suggestion. That was my inaugural RCPM concert and what I saw then was a great show with just about everyone but me singing along and knowing every word to every song! So that whenever Roger stopped singing the crowd took over! The crowd as usual was a mix of young and old, but everyone was enthusiastic! Clyne is a great showman and works the audience to perfection and the music is also great!
Last night my wife and I treked to the Electric Factory to see her favorite band Flogging Molly. This is either the eight or ninth time we have seen them live. We have gone several times to Philly venues, the Electric Factory and the Trocadero, twice to the House of Blues in Atlantic City and once to Sayreville, NJ. As always the show was great. Last night, I thought that the leader of the band and lead vocalist Dave King was in rare form and had a really good time. The band played for about two hours and played a set that consisted of standards like “Drunken Lullabies”, “Requiem for a Dying Song”, “Float”, “Seven Deadly Sins”, “Rebel with a Sacred Heart”, “Factory Girl”, with Bridget singing the Lucinda Williams part, a short acoustic set and a few songs that they typically don’t play like “The Wanderlust” and “Lighting Storm” and I am sure a couple more and since they don’t play them I don’t know them. The show ended with the typical encore song “Black Friday Rule”, which was one of the first songs they wrote when they formed the ban and as usual King played the bodhran in the song.