System of a Down. What can you say about this band. I grew up listening to SOAD. I grew up addicted to the tunes of System of a Down. Their infectious tones grabbing everyone by the throat and dragging everyone in to a pit of fucking awesome. However, the time is 2013. The time should ‘be’ the time of System of a Down. It’s not. [+]
Unfortunately, I missed Sonic Boom Six’ headlining tour at the backend of 2012, the tickets were like rocking horse poop. When I saw that they were touring with The Blackout at Electric Ballroom in Camden, London – I felt I should grab myself a ticket and catch them live again. [+]
I remember vividly the moment my ears were blessed with the sounds of the Dropkick Murphys. The year was 2008. April of that year I was in Boston visiting a good friend. 10th was the date, I was sat in the bleachers at Fenway Park. A few beers to the good. Boston Red Sox were hammering Detroit Tigers 12-6. 8th Inning. Enter Jonathan Pabelbon. Closer at the time for Boston. Boomin’ over the tannoy comes the opening bars to ‘Shipping Up To Boston’. I’m hooked. Fast forward almost five years and I finally manage to catch Dropkick Murphys at London Forum. [+]
For many years now I’ve been listening to the celtic folk tones of, LA-based, Flogging Molly. However, never having the chance to catch them live, all that was about to change tonight. Just returning from an outstanding set at Hammerstein Ballroom, as part of the Sailor Jerry sponsored ‘Green 17 Tour’, I think I can say that Flogging Molly are one of the best live acts on the music circuit today.
Starting the set with Drunken Lullabies, and ending over 2hrs later with a rousing edition of their first single, from way back in 2000, Salty Dog. The show, from start to finish, had the whole ballroom bouncing & dancing a merry Irish jig.
I think it’s only fair to say that Dave King, lead singer, held the crowd in his back pocket all night. Swiggin’ on beers, telling tales of years gone by: his 90 year old mother back in Dublin – smoking two packs of cigs & half a bottle of Jamesons, also tales of his deceased father.
It’s not often that bands will play for over 2hrs, especially in a smaller venue, but Flogging Molly really could have played easily for 3hrs. As the show was reaching it’s finale, the hit songs were brought out to rapturous applause, fists in the air & singing along to every word.
Overall, this was one of the best & most fun gigs I have been to in a long while. I’ll be definitely be keeping a check on future dates, either in New York City or when I’m back in London. Below you’ll find the setlist from the gig.
- Drunken Lullabies
- Requiem for a Dying Song
- Speed of Darkness
- Life in a Tenement Square
- Whistles the Wind
- Saints & Sinners
- The Likes of You Again
- The Power’s Out
- The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)
- A Prayer for Me in Silence
- Us of Lesser Gods
- Black Friday Rule
- Oliver Boy (All of Our Boys)
- Devil’s Dance Floor
- Rebels of the Sacred Heart
- If I Ever Leave This World Alive
- What’s Left of The Flag
- Seven Deadly Sins
- The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover)
- Salty Dog
- Impromptu Always Look on the Bright Side of Life