The Gaslight Anthem celebrated the release of their new album ‘American Slang’ with an intimate show at New York‘s Fillmore Irving Plaza last night (June 15) – and frontman Brian Fallon even managed to showcase his footballing skills.
During an encore performance of the song ‘Drive’ – taken from the band’s 2007 debut album ‘Sink Or Swim’ – the singer spotted a lone balloon floating towards the stage and volleyed it back towards the crowd. “That’s in honour of the World Cup,” he declared, before continuing with the song without missing a beat.
During the New Jersey quartet’s 90-minute set they managed to play every song bar one from their new album.
Despite the airing of unfamiliar material, the sold-out crowd of hardcore fans still appeared to know virtually every word, much to the band’s delight.
The biggest reactions, however, were reserved for material taken from their breakthrough album ‘The ’59 Sound’, particularly the title track, the chorus of which Fallon let the crowd to sing for him. He also took a moment to salute the big contingent of fans from New Jersey who had made the trip over the Hudson River for the gig.
The show came almost exactly a year since last year’s Glastonbury where The Gaslight Anthem duetted with their hero Bruce Springsteen and, prior to last night’s show, rumours were circulating that The Boss might make another appearance.
The Gaslight Anthem played:
‘Old White Lincoln’
‘Bring It On’
‘Diamond Church Street Choir’
‘Queen of Lower Chelsea’
‘Spirit of Jazz’
‘We Came to Dance’
‘Blue Jeans and White T Shirts’
‘The Navesink Banks’
‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’
‘Miles Davis and the Cool’
‘Senor and the Queen’
‘Here’s Looking At You, Kid’