Brian Fallon treated the House of Blues, Chicago to an entertaining and energetic night of music, fun, laughter and lots of dancing to rid them of the Sunday night feeling.
You might know him as the lead singer and guitarist from The Gaslight Anthem, but now it’s time to get to know Brian Fallon in his own right. Fallon is currently on a solo tour in support of his new album, Painkillers, which was released on March 11. The tour is finishing off its North American leg before heading over to the UK next month, followed by additional European dates.
It may have been a Sunday night show, but it did not make a difference to the crowd who were eager to see Fallon. They were not disappointed. This was such a feel-good show, with Fallon looking like he was having genuine fun up on stage. His interactions with the audience were second to none; to the point where he jokingly asked if anyone had any sunglasses and he was showered with several pairs being thrown at him up on stage. But let’s not have it said that he steals people’s sunglass – they were all given back to the rightful owners. He clearly had a strong rapport with the fans who came out to see him, joking with them between every song. He is a true frontman if ever there was one.
Fallon’s voice is a distinctive one; perfect for both anthemic rock and slower, sentimental ballads alike. The harmonies on “Steve McQueen” stood out especially. The mixture of the slower songs such as this, and the foot-stomping songs like “Low Life” had the crowd dancing and smooching with their partners throughout. It was truly a fun way to spend a Sunday night; experiencing a passionate and heartfelt performance with thoughts of the new work week sung and danced firmly away.