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Flogging Molly Had a Rowdy Good Time at The Pageant Tuesday

Flogging Molly performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

 

–by Sean Derrick

Veteran Celtic Punk stalwarts Flogging Molly returned to The Pageant in Saint Louis for a rowdy good show on Tuesday night.

Flogging Molly performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

The band is touring in support of their latest album Anthem, which dropped one year ago this past week and wasn’t available when the band played at Saint Louis Music Park in June of last year.

They performed five tracks from the album, most notably “A Song of Liberty” which was used to raise funds for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Vocalist Dave King dedicated it “to the beautiful people of Ukraine”, drawing a nice roar from the crowd.

Flogging Molly performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

King and the rest of the band (violinist/vocalist Bridget Regan, guitarist Dennis Casey, bassist Nathen Maxwell, Accordionist Matt Hensley, drummer Mike Alonso, and Spencer Swain on Mandolin) sounded as crisp and vibrant as ever. Streaming through song after song with seemingly unending energy, the band thrives on performing live and feeding off the energy of an excited crowd.

Flogging Molly performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

The Pageant has become a favorite place to play for the band throughout the years and King gushes about it every time they play there.

Flogging Molly performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

King was his usual jokster self as he poked fun at himself throughout the night. Anything from the tanless whiteness of his legs to referencing his age and the grayness that comes with it. He made several toasts with his Guiness beer ever at the ready, and even passed out 1 or 2 to lucky crowd members. In short, he is living his best life for him and it reflects in the performances.

Flogging Molly performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

They tried new/old versions of some songs which were interesting to hear. Especially of note a different version of “Black Friday Rule” in which King performed the first 3/4 of the song solo acoustically while the band rejoined him for a bombastic final two choruses and a bit of a jam. It was a style they performed back in the 90’s and I have to say; that is one of my favorite Flogging Molly songs and I love hearing it this was live. It really drove home the passion for what the song meant to King as he moved to the US from Ireland more than 30 years ago.

Flogging Molly performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

Flogging Molly brought along The Vandoliers, who did a pretty great cover of The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, and hardcore punk band The Bronx.

The Bronx wasted little time in hitting the high punk threshold and beating it to a pulp. Early on in their set, particularly during “Heart Attack American” they seemed to shine brightest, taking punk rock and cranking it to 11.

The Bronx performing at The Pageant Tuesday in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

Vocalist Matt Caughthran went into the crowd and performed “Knifeman” and “6 Days a Week” while a mosh pit was going on around him. Props, dude.

Check out the gallery of photos after the setlist below.

 

Flogging Molly Setlist:

Drunken Lullabies

(No More) Paddy’s Lament

The Likes of You Again

Swagger

(Try) Keep the Man Down

Whistles the Wind

The Hand of John L. Sullivan

A Song of Liberty

Tobacco Island

The Croppy Boy ’98

Float

Life Begins and Ends (but Never Fails)

Devil’s Dance Floor

Crushed (Hostile Nations)

Seven Deadly Sins

These Times Have Got Me Drinking/Tripping Up the Stairs

If I Ever Leave This World Alive

What’s Left of the Flag

Encore:

Black Friday Rule

Salty Dog

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