THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM + MATT MAYS + JOE SIBS // LIVE AT THE RIVIERA THEATRE
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Emily May
In honor the 10th Anniversary of their album The '59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem embarked on a short tour around the country recently, performing the album in it's entirety, along with a few additional songs. Making a stop at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, the band performed to a sold-out crowd, filling the 2,500 capacity venue with excited fans! As I arrived at the venue, the line outside was long, with fans waiting anxiously for the doors to open so they could secure their spots for the show, buy merch and grab a drink. The floor and balcony filled up quickly as fans filed into the venue, buzzing with energy and anticipation for the night ahead. The crowd erupted in cheers and applause as the band took the stage. Starting the set with "Handwritten", the band proceeded to perform "Biloxi Parish", "Spirit of Jazz" and "Mae" before lunching into The '59 Sound. The fans were having a great time, singing along with the band and dancing to the entire album. Although singer Brian Fallon did not not talk much throughout the set, he did take some time about halfway through the show to chat with the crowd. He joked that he hadn't talked much up until that point because he was focused on playing for the fans but decided to say a few words so that the crowd couldn't later call him out on Twitter for not talking to them. He mentioned that the band had a day off recently in Buffalo and wondered why they couldn't have had their day off in Chicago instead, saying that Buffalo wasn't a very exciting place to have a day off! He joked around a bit with the crowd and said that he loved the people of Chicago because they can take a good back and forth, that they are not a stiff people! The band then continued their set, performing several songs from their other albums once they had completed The '59 Sound, including "Mulholland Drive", "Underneath The Ground", "1930" and "Boomboxes and Dictionaries". Ending the evening with "American Slang", the band waved and bowed to the crowd as they left the stage. It was an incredible evening being able to hear such an amazing album performed 10 years after it was recorded! Canadian indie rock musician Matt Mays and Joe Sib, punk rock musician and co-founder of SideOneDummy Records, opened the show with Sib performing a short comedy routine before Matt Mays and his band came out on stage.