hmv.com reviews... The Gaslight Anthem @ London's Alexandra Palace
New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem rolled into London last night (November 19th) for their biggest UK show to date. We were there to take it all in...
The Gaslight Anthem, purveyors of heartswelling rock and roll anthems, touring their new album Get Hurt (which you can preview on the right of the page).
London's Alexandra Palace, the people's palace, the 7,000 capacity venue on top of a hill in North London.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
About two thirds full, which is still an awful lot of people. The crowd were quite chilled, respectful, Gaslight don't generally appeal to those who like to jump around, it's more a stand and watch kind of crowd.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Despite this being the tour in support of Get Hurt, the band didn't actually air much of their new record, with only seven of the 26 songs they motored through coming from the new album's various editions. Kicking off with 'Have Mercy', the band played a full-on career spanning set, with nods to all of their five records, and even the odd B-Side. Dropping breakthrough hit 'The '59 Sound' as the second song of the night showed the band's faith in the power of their whole catalogue, as they powered through highlight after highlight. 'Handwritten', '45', 'Old White Lincoln' and a super-charged 'Old Haunts' sounded particularly special, but the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for the closing double of 'She Loves You' and 'The Backseat'.
Any good between song banter?
Frontman Brian Fallon told the crowd early on that the band would be keeping the between song to a minimum, which they did, barreling through a whopping 26 songs during their set.
Did they put on much of a show?
A huge banner of the bright red heart on the front of Get Hurt and some lovely flowing lights.
What was the highlight of the set?
There were lots of them, but the sound of the opening guitar lick in 'Even Cowgirls Get The Blues' filling the room was positively orgasmic.
Where can I catch them next?
They're in Edinburgh tomorrow (November 21st), then onto Cardiff and Birmingham. Get yourselves down there.