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PostSubject: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:28 pm

That was such an awesome and different show that it deserves its own thread. Please share your impressions, videos, photos, and boots here.

Brian clearly loved it, as did all of us. The silence during each song, the mighty applause, and the uproarious laughter said it all. And there were quite a few moist eyes.

Huge thanks to Brian for making this evening as special as it turned out. And good to see so many Dimestore Saints. I'd like to think that 'Navesink Banks' was especially for us ...

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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:02 pm

Absolutely incredible show. I'm still buzzing now, all the shows I've been to this week have been great, but this one was in a category all its own. I laughed a bit, cried a bit and grinned like a loon pretty much all night. Especially enjoyed the Dylan cover (Don't Think Twice, It's Alright) we all know that's an important song for Brian and it was lovely that he put so much time into learning it for us.

Honestly, this was right up there with meeting him on Saturday night, and both of those things are way above pretty much anything else that has ever happened to me!

Also, it was lovely to meet some of you guys, and I too had a smile at the 'Dimestore Saints' line in Navesink Banks, knowing there were a good few of us there.
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:13 pm

Here's what Brian wrote on Instagram just now:

"April 11th Old St Pancras church. One of my favorite shows of my life. Thank you London."

and

"Sometimes I do a show in one of the oldest churches in London, with people buried all over the place, and trees Dickens talked about... and for a second I don't feel like I belong on another planet."

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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:21 pm

Ugh, I hate you all, you lucky bastards. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:21 am

I am still lost for words. I mean I had really high expectations for this gig but he exceeded all of them! It was everything I hoped for and more. Such a special night!

Here is the setlist (Smoke & Hurricane not played):




And the first video I found on youtube. A stunning cover of Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right':


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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:42 am

That was one of the best shows I've ever been to. I actually didn't realise it was a solo show until I got there which made me pretty excited and he still blew me away. The setting was incredible, the crowd were absolutely great and I loved the set. It was really great to hear Brian explain some of the songs and spend so much time talking to the crowd too. The Dylan cover was one of the highlights for me. I've been playing guitar nearly 20 years and have never been able to get that song down. It's really difficult to fingerpick properly so I was pretty happy for Brian because he nailed it. All in all between Friday and KOKO and last night that was the best weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:51 pm

Hope theres a boot.

Always love to see big record companies organise "fan only" events by forcing people to buy direct from them.
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:04 pm

Found it hard to get a good photo, as the two table lamps were it as far as lighting went, if you ignore the odd candle. So this is the best I got. Does capture the atmosphere though.



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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:49 pm

oh wow must have been awesome...I am so jealous...
during that time..I was sitting in class -.- and I was thinking of you lucky guys
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:49 pm

Kevin Devine recorded a live acoustic album at St Pancras that was released earlier this year. Wish Brian had done the same. I'd love to see him do covers EP as a way to wrap up the Painkillers era with Atlantic City full band, Don't Think twice and two or three more songs that he's been touring.
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:30 am

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Hope theres a boot.

Always love to see big record companies organise "fan only" events by forcing people to buy direct from them.

In this case I think it was worth it. The total quiet during the songs really showed that everyone there was there to hear Brian and that they took the gig as seriously as he did. That mutual respect was to a great extent what allowed allowed it to turn into such a special night.

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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:19 pm

review

from http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-04-13/brian-fallon-church


Five Things We Learned Watching Brian Fallon Play In An Old Church

by Paul Brannigan


For those about to rock, we salute pew

To round off his current sell-out UK tour, Brian Fallon played a special stripped-down show for just 150 fans in North Londonís beautiful St. Pancras Old Church. Hereís what we learned...


For Brian Fallon, Painkillers is the sound of liberation

The most significant lyric on Brian Fallonís debut solo album occurs on Nobody Wins, when the New Jersey-born singer-songwriter writes ďI lost most of myself pleasing everyone.Ē Tonight, while a genuine treat for hardcore fans, is about the 36-year-old challenging and pleasing himself, with no crutches to lean on. When TeamRock spoke with Fallon ahead of the release of Painkillers, he expressed his desire to take his new music to the masses in a more spontaneous fashion, ideally switching between full band shows and stripped-back solo performances, and here, with his band The Crowes watching on from the balcony, the merit of this approach is evident, with his songs taking on a new resonance in this most naked of formats. Unburdened of the responsibility of leading a collective, with just a guitar and harmonica for company, Fallon looks as happy as heís ever been.


The spiritual side of Fallonís songwriting shines in this house of God

As much as Brian Fallon tried to push the boundaries of his bandís sound, in the months before he placed The Gaslight Anthem on hiatus he came to accept the idea that, for a large part of his audience, TGA would always be ďthe rock band that sings about the radio and the girls and the cars.Ē Tonight, however, offers emphatic proof that thereís much more depth, soul and spirituality to Fallonís songwriting beyond these classic rock Ďní roll tropes. The Horrible Crowesí I Believe Jesus Brought Us Together is an entirely apposite introduction to the evening, and lyrics such as ďDo you believe there's a heaven? Do you think we're invited?Ē take on an added poignancy in this hushed, reverential setting. Fallon has never overtly pushed his Christian beliefs in his music, but his explorations of faith and conscience and sin and regret in the likes of Ladykiller and Red Lights carry an undeniable weight and significance when pared back for this congregation.


Precious few of Fallonís peers have a catalogue this strong

Painkillers might be Brian Fallonís debut solo collection, but those familiar with his career will be aware that, beyond TGA, Fallon has written and recorded music as The Horrible Crowes, with Molly and the Zombies and under his own name in the past, and consequently, he has an extensive, and rich, catalogue to draw upon. The singer switched up his set list on each night of his UK tour, and tonight he elects to omit new audience favourites Rosemary and Smoke while making room for Gaslight standards The Navesink Banks and National Anthem and a spine-tingling version of Bob Dylanís Donít Think Twice, Itís All Right. Itís entirely understandable that Fallon doesnít wish to lean too hard on his past while moving forward, and wholly commendable that he doesnít choose to rely on Gaslight songs to flesh out his set Ė three days earlier at Koko, no Gaslight songs were aired - but itís a measure of his confidence and self-assurance this evening that he allows echoes of the past to ring out and they never threaten to overpower his new compositions.


Fallon, and his audience, need not fear getting a little loose

It might seem like a curious complaint, but the beauty and intimacy of this setting, and the innate sense among those watching that tonight is a rare privilege to see Fallon so undecorated, ensures that, for all Fallonís self-deprecating wisecracks and easy charm, the atmosphere this evening is almost too reverential. No-one dares elevate their singing voice above a whisper, and this respectful tone consequently ensures that some of the sense of euphoric communion in-built in songs such as A Wonderful Life and Among Other Foolish Things is muted. Some of the fragility and tenderness of Fallonís songwriting would undoubtedly suffer in more boisterous environs, but thereís probably scope for both the man and his faithful following to loosen up and allow a little punk rock energy to permeate the solemnity now and again without despoiling the atmosphere.


For Brian Fallon, the road ahead is now wide open

Much of the romance in The Gaslight Anthemís music, as with the songs of Fallonís heroes Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, draws upon the timeless American concept of the open road, and the sense of infinite possibility offered by journeying towards distant horizons. For Brian Fallon, unfettered by the past and newly emboldened by successful experimentation in terms of presentation and form, that sense of mythic freedom is now a genuine reality in his career. Beyond demonstrating that heís one of the finest songwriters of his generation, tonightís performance is a fine illustration that Fallon now has the opportunity to push his art into whatever direction he chooses, and the confidence to take leaps into the unknown. Gaslight fans might be advised not to hold their breath waiting for the bandís return, for one senses here that Brian Fallonís career is only just beginning.

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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:01 pm

What an absolutely amazing show, it was such a priviledge to be there. I couldn't really find the words to describe it, and the few photos I have are horrible, but here's my take on my blog:

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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:21 am

Fairycat101 wrote:
What an absolutely amazing show, it was such a priviledge to be there. I couldn't really find the words to describe it, and the few photos I have are horrible, but here's my take on my blog:

http://thefangirldiaries.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/brian-fallon-live-at-st-pancras-old.html


That's a great 'review'. Thank you for sharing it.

I found some pro-shot pics here: http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/photos/live-photo-gallery/brian-fallon-at-st-pancras-old-church-in-london

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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:49 am

Enjoyed that review, but disagree with the bit about the audience being too reverential. †I was there to see my favourite musician perform in a way Iíll most likely never see again; I didnít want to hear the people around me singing out of tune, I wanted to hear every nuance of the performance. †I thought it was perfect that everybody in the room had enough respect for Brian and for each other to allow that. †There was plenty of communal euphoria between the songs, and everybody was clearly having an amazing time. †I for one felt very much a part of a group that was witnessing something really special.

The light was a little low to get really good pics (and those pro shot ones are far better than mine!) but hereís some anyway.







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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:17 am

Great pictures. Must have been special indeed!

Reminds me of the Revival Tour a few years ago in Amsterdam (the one with Dave Hause, Chuck & Dan Adriano), when they had to change the venue for some reason and it ended up being held in a church. Best show I've ever been to, I'll never forget it.
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:47 am

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Enjoyed that review, but disagree with the bit about the audience being too reverential. †

Totally agree. I actually went really excited for a big sing-along but I'm much happier with the way it turned out. The versions of the songs he played wouldn't have worked with everyone signing anyway it was a very subtle performance and in between songs there was a great atmosphere.
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:52 pm

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cowgirlwiththeblues wrote:
Enjoyed that review, but disagree with the bit about the audience being too reverential. †

Totally agree. I actually went really excited for a big sing-along but I'm much happier with the way it turned out. The versions of the songs he played wouldn't have worked with everyone signing anyway it was a very subtle performance and in between songs there was a great atmosphere.

Completely agree as well! It was definitely improved by just allowing Brian to do his thing without interruption or overpowering his voice by all singing along

Listening to all his stories in between was fantastic as well
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:17 am

Extremely jealous, and extremely grateful for the person who posted the boot.
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PostSubject: Re: BF solo gig at St Pancras Old Church, London (incl. long reviews)   Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:42 am

It was hands down the best show I've ever been to. As you can see, it took over a week for me to finally come down cloud no. 9 after this and post something hahahah.
I'm gonna cherish this memory forever along with the solo acoustic show Tony Sly did in Santa Barbara in 2011 where there were merely about 20 people, me among them. That was amazing and this one was pretty much as special.
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