Following a three-year hiatus US quartet The Gaslight Anthem are back out on the road once again to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their seminal album The ’59 Sound.
Such was the demand for tickets to the band’s current UK run that the whole tour sold out in just minutes. This short run of dates being the band’s first UK shows since their 2015 Reading Festival appearance.
The Gaslight Anthem recently released The ’59 Sound Sessions – a new companion album to their classic sophomore LP. The release features previously unheard versions of tracks from the original sessions, along with a photo book, rarities, and a cover of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”.
During the band’s recent break frontman Brian Fallon has been actively pursuing his solo career, whilst touring relentlessly in support of his critically acclaimed latest album Sleepwalkers.
Tonight the New Jersey-based quartet makes a welcome return to Glasgow where they perform in front of a capacity crowd at one of the city’s most legendary venues – The Barrowlands Ballroom.
As The Gaslight Anthem hits the stage they launch into a triple whammy of “Handwritten”, “Old Haunts” and “The Spirit of Jazz” before Fallon asks the audience ‘Are you ready?’ and the Glasgow crowd don’t need to be asked twice. From this point forth the band’s Scottish fans are treated to a rare performance of The ’59 Sound in full. Eleven glorious songs performed back to back, during which the four-piece barely pause for breath.
The ’59 Sound segment of the show follows the tracklisting in sequence exactly as it appears on the album itself. Kicking off with the emphatic “Great Expectations”, which is followed in quick succession with the record’s unmistakable title track, through to “Miles Davis and the Cool” and the explosive closing track “The Backseat”. With the Gaslight Anthem’s live performance of The ’59 Sound, there are no low points, or lulls, just roughly 50 minutes of crowd-pleasing anthems delivered with a no messing approach.
The Glasgow crowd create somewhat of a unique atmosphere, and the band are certainly feeling the connection. The fans sing each song wholeheartedly, and at the tops of their voices throughout. There are moments where the audience is singing so loudly that Brian Fallon steps away from the microphone and allows the crowd to sing a verse. And let’s not forget their clapping, which after some deliberation between the band members they rate as 10/10.
During the final third of the show, the group perform choice cuts from their other four studio albums including the likes of “The Queen of Lower Chelsea”, “National Anthem” and a passionate rendition of set closer “American Slang”, to name but a few. The latter of which also features backing vocals from Dave Hause who performed an incredible support set earlier in the evening.
In this day and age and with the advent of streaming these days music fans appear to consume songs rather than albums. Tonight’s show in Glasgow gives the Gaslight Anthem fans the opportunity to hear this classic album in full and as the band intended. This approach to touring and live shows is certainly refreshing, nostalgic and most importantly thoroughly enjoyable.
Event Date: 24-July-2018