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The Gaslight Anthem Closes September in Style

October 1st, 2010

The Gaslight Anthem – Radio City Music Hall – September 30, 2010

The Gaslight Anthem - Radio City Music Hall - September 30, 2010

The Gaslight Anthem, behind its debut full-length and breakthrough record, The ’59 Sound, has performed at a number of Bowery Presents venues over the past two years. Last night, the band played its largest Bowery Presents show to date at the famed, and full, Radio City Music Hall, in support of its newest release, American Slang.

The band took the stage just after 9 p.m. and dove right into “High Lonesome,” “Boxer,” “We Came to Dance” and “Diamond Church Street Choir”—a perfect opening of new, old and older songs. Each one ran into the next, with no verbiage from frontman Brian Fallon and very little fanfare from the audience, until “Diamond Church Street Choir,” which had the crowd yelling, clapping and whistling throughout and Fallon finally breaking his silence afterward. Then the group played “The ’59 Sound,” and the rest of the set pretty much followed the same loud-song-quiet-song format with very few breaks before closing with “The Backseat.”

Despite the size of the venues it’s playing these days, the Gaslight Anthem’s stage show was once again very minimal with nothing more than a few flashy white lights. The band prides itself on being regular guys, so it was refreshing to see that the New Brunswick, N.J., quartet can still play a set that allows the music to speak for itself. And a few hours afterward, the group tweeted its UK publicist: “best show [of] my life.” Congrats, guys. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Andy Keilen | spartanmarchingband.smugmug.com/Music