With a handful of excellent opening bands, The Gaslight Anthem’s final tour on The ’59 Sound tour arrived in New York City on a cool Thursday night. Poised to release their third full-length next year, the New Jersey four-piece set their sights on Terminal 5 to give a proper sendoff to their 2008 smash LP.
Broadway Calls opened the evening, but the first act I caught was Jesse Malin. A forty-year old rock veteran, Malin began writing songs and founded hardcore band Heart Attack in the early 1980s. Since disbanding, though, Malin has worked on his solo career. With a full band behind him this evening, Malin played fairly long set, drawing largely from 2007’s Glitter in the Gutter.
Murder by Death began their set with In Bocca Al Lupo‘s “Sometimes the Line Walks You”. The next three songs came from their latest effort, Red of Tooth and Claw–the album actually made up half of the band’s set. A nice cover of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” broke the set into two parts, with a solid performance of “Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue” from Who Will Survive and What’s Left of Them beginning to wrap things up. The final song of the evening was the instrumental “Those Who Stayed” from the band’s first album, Like the Exorcist, But More Breakdancing.
Sometimes the Line Walks You
Ball & Chain
A Masters In Reverse Psychology
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (Sonny Bono cover)
Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue
One More Notch
Those Who Stayed
Tributary “High Lonesome” began things for The Gaslight Anthem who raced through most of The ’59 Sound (sans “Meet By the River’s Edge”). “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” was particularly strong, and “We Came to Dance” is always quite well-received. A brief bit of “Stand By Me” was inserted into”I’da Called You Woody, Joe”, and 2007’s “Angry Johnny and the Radio” had the entire crowd singing, “we always loved the sad sad songs!”
inTuneMusic has reviewed The Gaslight Anthem many times over the last year, so please check out our other reviews for detailed comments about particular songs. The hour-and-a-half setlist:
Old White Lincoln
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
The ’59 Sound
We Came to Dance
Miles Davis and the Cool
The Patient Ferris Wheel
I’da Called You Woody, Joe
Angry Johnny and the Radio
Here’s Looking At You, Kid
Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts
The Navesink Banks
We’re Getting A Divorce, You Keep The Diner
“Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts” began the four song encore, with three songs from Sink or Swim closing out the night. That album’s final track, “We’re Getting A Divorce, You Keep The Diner”, was a great way to end the show. Fallon’s vocals were top-notch through the evening, and the rest of the band sounded excellent as well. The Gaslight Anthem return to the area with a December 11 performance in Montclair, New Jersey.
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