Live review: The Gaslight Anthem @ the Ogden TheatreBy Andrew Brand, Lisa Kennedy and Lisa Kennedy | July 27th, 2010 | 3 comments
I’ve watched the Gaslight Anthem go from playing a half-full Marquis Theater in the summer of ’07 to playing a tightly packed sold out Ogden show on Saturday night (with a handful of other Colorado dates scattered in between).
I imagine very shortly they will take another step up and headline the Fillmore when they roll through town again. If anyone in the music industry has earned that ascension, it is probably them. The New Jersey blue collar quartet (well, not even blue collar, but rather no collar quartet) has in just over three years time released three full lengths — each one more commercially successful than the one before it — and an EP in addition to touring relentlessly.
The band realizes the fact that their last two discs are a big reason there was large black van with 93.3 KTCL painted on it in yellow and parked outside the venue, and a piece of printer paper with the black words ‘Sold Out’ taped to the box office window.
This was evident because Gaslight Anthem was eight songs deep into their set before they even touched a track from their first album “Sink or Swim.” (My personal favorite.) I sat there sulking, pining for the good old days where they would play every track from the disc. Deep down though, I realized time obviously changes things, those days are gone.
Everyone else was clutching beers and dripping with sweat and enjoying themselves and the new tunes immensely. Even though the latest addition to their discography, “American Slang,” was released only a couple of fortnights ago, the majority of the audience had listened to the disc enough to memorize and sing back every lyric matching the emotion and passion of front man Brian Fallon.
I felt I was becoming some curmudgeonly old hipster who only claimed to only like a band before they were famous. Once I came to the realization that wasn’t who I wanted to be, I was able to enjoy the almost two-hour set. The energy Gaslight Anthem is able to muster for every song is an impressive feet, equaled only by their ability to make good album songs sound excellent when played live.
The show was punctuated by a seven-song encore consisting of three songs from “Sink or Swim” accompanied by covers of old Lucero and American Steel songs, which took me back a couple of years. The eventually well-rounded set ended up being one of the best shows they’ve put on in the Mile High City — and that’s saying a lot, considering the number of rungs they’ve climbed here.
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