Gig Review and Photography by Hollie Turner

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Previous Gaslight Anthem front man Brian Fallon took to the stage with his current band mates on Saturday night ‘The Crowes’ at the Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall.

From 2007, to 2015 Brian penned tracks with The Gaslight Anthem, with particular success for their album ‘Handwritten’ in 2012. However Brian (slightly disappointingly) didn’t sing one track from that album tonight, choosing to instead keep the spotlight on his latest 2016 solo release ‘Painkillers’.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

A slower feel than that of the heavier tracks produced and put out during his time with The Gaslight Anthem, Brian and The Crowes played their way through the sultry rock ballads written about love, heartbreak, life and dreams. Similar themes to Brian’s previously written tracks, but a different feel.

Even his choice of clothes told a different story to his Gaslight days, dressed in jeans and a chocolate brown leather jacket, most of his tattooed body was covered. It made his music and image feel a bit more mature.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

When the band stepped onto the stage, the crowd cheered with delight after eagerly waiting to see Brian Fallon in particular. One young man beside me shouted to tell Brian that he’d came all the way from Zimbabwe to see the show.

By the second track, Brian paused and looked down. ‘I like your t-shirt, what does that say?’ I looked behind me to see which audience member on the front row was lucky enough to be noticed by him, only to turn back and realise he was talking to me. ‘No, you, what does your t-shirt say?’ So I pulled my t-shirt out for him to read it; ‘dream as if you will live forever’. ‘That’s cool, I like the weird Ouija feel to it, it has skulls and everything, I really like that, you’re cool.’ I thanked him in return and he said ‘no problem.’ Seemingly this would be the first of many occasions throughout the show that Brian would chat to the people in the room simultaneously.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

One of my personal favourites ‘Honey Magnolia’ was the first song to get the crowd really singing along. The intimacy of the Wulfrun Hall made the acoustic songs sound beautiful with a crowd listening so intently that you could have heard a pin drop.

‘Steve McQueen’, a track dreaming about the life of the movie legend had the crowd in chorus ‘cause this life is only chains, it’s nothing like the colours in my dreams, I just wanted to be Steve McQueen, with my horses of English racing green…’

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

The band went on to play a full 17 song set, which included a good handful of covers, including Dire Straights’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

As previously mentioned, Brian chatted to members of the audience. At one point during the set it almost became a question and answer session with eager fans shouting to him, which included, ‘what happened to your guitar’ and ‘where’s the double denim?!’ To which he courteously answered as many questions as he could, and told the crowd that his more famous friend has bought him his awesome leather jacket that he was wearing.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

At one point whilst he was talking, one member of the audience rudely told him to ‘end the press conference’ and get on with it, to which Brian told him he’d just made the biggest mistake, because now he’d proceed to talk for longer. He received a round of applause and laughter in response for his quick fire reply.

Mid set the crowd then shouted to Brian to call for a paramedic in the venue to attend to a young woman who was ill. Brian did as asked, before congratulating the crowd on their kindness towards the stranger.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Brian Fallon certainly put himself across as a well rounded, and down to earth guy despite his musical successes, which was very nice to see and made it a lovely evening for his loyal fans to enjoy, regardless of his music taking on a softer tone.

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