Gig Review and Photography by Jay Broadhurst

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Tonight sees the return of the charismatic and charming Brian Fallon who is known from his time as the frontman of New Jersey’s finest, The Gaslight Anthem. The UK tour is hot off the release of his brand new debut solo album, ‘Painkillers’ which sees Brian Fallon also brings his band The Crowes, featuring fellow Gaslight Anthem and Horrible Crowes guitarist Ian Perkins.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Taking time from The Scandals to open this tour, Jared Hart again fits into the typical ‘Revival Tour’ mould. He has a rasping voice which is backed up with a complimentary guitar sound not to mention him being a genuinely nice guy I mean it isn’t often that an artist responds on social media to sort you out with a pass.

Jared Hart

Jared Hart

Jared Hart

Good Old War are a quirky two piece from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and are again not someone I am two familiar with going into the gig but their blend of indie and folk music is received well by the crowd.

Good Old War

Good Old War

Good Old War

The gig was listed as sold out and there is certainly no doubt of this as the Ritz is packed with barely an inch to move. Brian Fallon is in good spirits tonight bursting into ’Nobody Wins’ before greeting the crowds sharing his stories about the film The Martian, Matt Damon and his flight over with Jared Hart.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Having seen The Gaslight Anthem many times over the years I have to say I can’t remember a time when I saw Brian Fallon as happy as he was on stage tonight. Having a great time with his band The Crowes as well as being joined by Jared Hart for the set. After playing a couple of songs from the new album he explains to the crowd how him and Ian Perkins made a record by the name of ‘Elsie’ but never really had the chance to tour with it due to commitments with Gaslight so it was great to hear those songs especially ‘Ladykiller’.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

More stories are shared about how many of these songs were written, in this case ’Black Betty & The Moon’, explaining how he woke up after a nightmare about scorpions. After these explanations you can see how he has taken a simple concept and fleshed it out into a whole song.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

A solid finish to the set containing ‘Mary Ann’ and ‘Crush’ before finishing on the ever popular first single from The Horrible Crowes, ‘Behold The Hurricane’. Despite there being no Gaslight Anthem songs making an appearance in tonight’s setlist not one fan goes home unhappy with what they have seen and it goes to show that there is life after the band.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Setlist: Nobody Wins, Rosemary, Red Lights, The Blues, Mary, Painkillers, Sugar, Ladykiller, Honey Magnolia, Steve McQueen, Smoke, A Wonderful Life, Black Betty and the Moon, Among Other Foolish Things, Low Love, Mary Ann, Crush, Behold the Hurricane

See the complete photoset here.

Brian Fallon & The Crowes

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