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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Show Review + Photos: Flogging Molly and Frank Turner at the Pageant, Wednesday, March 10

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But Turner has range and depth that goes beyond "punk poet" or "cheeky British commentator." "Sons of Liberty," which Turner prefaced with the quotable quip, "I'm so pissed off, I'm going to play a guitar solo. We can smash the state with the power of fretwork," had the acoustic-seared political edge of Billy Bragg. "Poetry of the Deed" had a raucous Sloan/Hold Steady vibe that matched its lyrical gem: "Life is too short to live without poetry." And "Reasons Not to Be an Idiot" - introduced as a song about "an annoying goth ex" - could have been a Smiths song, it was that strummy.

Front-row fans last night for Flogging Molly at the Pageant. - PHOTO: TODD OWYOUNG
  • Photo: Todd Owyoung
  • Front-row fans last night for Flogging Molly at the Pageant.

Turner's conversational tone went over well with the crowd. He revealed that he finally learned how to pronounce "St. Louis" correctly - and earned great applause. During "Dan's Song" he invited a fan onstage to play harmonica. (Jacob, the chosen one, did well enough to crack Turner up.) For the final song, "Photosynthesis" he invited Flogging Molly accordionist Hensley onstage, and then extended to invite to anyone else who wanted to join in the revelry. Members of the opening band, Architects -- and others -- took him up on the offer.

Flogging Molly setlist (please help fill in the blanks!): "(No More) Paddy's Lament" "The Likes of You Again" "Swagger" "Requiem for a Dying Song" "Every Dog Has Its Day" "Worst Day Since yesterday" "Drunken Lullabies" "You Won't Make a Fool Out of Me" "Man With no Country" (?)

acoustic "Wanderlust" "Us of Lesser Gods" "Factory Girls"

"Float" "Punch Drunk Grinning Soul" "Tobacco Island" "Devil's Dance Floor" (?) "Rebels of the Sacred Heart" "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" "Salty Dog" (?) "The Lightning Storm" ?

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