Flogging Molly brings their Life Is Good tour to NY
Life Is Good Tour
By: Drew Kambeitz
Arriving at the venue with 15 minutes until show time, I could see the support and the anticipation of the fans of Flogging Molly and their Life Is Good tour. The line stretched several blocks of this small town venue, as fans waited their turn to enter the venue.
Eight o’clock had finally arrived and opening the show was an artist named Jon Snodgrass, which consisted of two members, featuring guitars and a mandolin. Their style was quite soft and folky, and gave a great starting feel to this show.
Next up was Anti-Flag, a legendary act with a more modern punk rock style, their music being more geared towards being against the establishment and governmental authorities. With a much harder sound, this got the crowd all the more pumped for the coming set of Flogging Molly.
To conclude their act they moved their drum set to middle of the audience floor and played one last song with the crowd surrounding them. Quite a new and unique way to finish a set.
The time had finally arrived as the sound technicians were finishing their setup and soundcheck. The crowd of this nearly sold out show began to push forward towards the barricade of the stage, fans yelling and screaming. Finally the lights went dark and Dave King took the stage and started to sing “The Hand Of John L. Sullivan.” After playing a few songs, the banjo began to pluck a familiar tune, turning into “Drunken Lullabies”, one of my personal favorites by Flogging Molly, and the crowd agreed. With each song passing the crowd got louder and looser as they danced more and more.
The show was then closed with a 2 song encore, the last being one of their more fast paced songs “Salty Dog”
After 20 years of touring Flogging Molly have really shown that they really have perfected their craft as musicians and as a band. Look out for their upcoming tours, and always live a ‘life that is good.’
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