The Gaslight Anthem today (August 30) played their final show before going on indefinite hiatus at Reading 2015.
The New Jersey band announced their intention to call time on the project back in July.
Writing on Facebook, they said: “We wanted to let everyone know that we’ll all be taking a break from The Gaslight Anthem after this next European tour in August. We’re all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we’d like to step away from the band until we decide what we’d like to do next.”
Following a performance at Leeds on Friday (August 28) and a show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire last night, their Reading performance marks the last thing on the band’s schedule.
Despite the gravity of the occasion, there was no tearful farewell from the band. After a solemn opening with ‘Have Mercy’ from latest album ‘Get Hurt’ (the upturned loveheart graphics for which served as their backdrop), it was business as usual as ‘Handwritten’, ‘The Patient Ferris Wheel’ and ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’ picked up the pace.
Frontman Brian Fallon didn’t directly address the fact that the band are going on ice, other than after running through some highlights of the day (“You’ve got The Libertines, one of the coolest bands ever,”) to say that the band had “a couple more songs for you then we’re going home.”
The concluding part of the set included ‘45’ and ‘Break My Heart’.
The Gaslight anthem released five albums, beginning with 2007’s ‘Sink Or Swim’ and ending with 2014’s ‘Get Hurt’. The band stated last year that the album was inspired by frontman Brian Fallon’s divorce from his wife of 10 years. “Sometimes, I don’t even know how it happened. I don’t even know how it got like this,” said Fallon of the break-up. “All I know is that it did. And I now have to figure out: What do I do now?”