The Gaslight Anthem have come a long way, and if a three night run at Terminal 5 doesn’t speak for itself, then you just gotta be there to understand. The band have a dedicated following that is very Springsteen in spirit. You got fans of all ages young and old, and most of them from New Jersey and proudly letting it show. The band is capable of provided both soft, sincere moments (“Mae”, “Here’s Looking At You, Kid”), as well as those stadium worthy rock anthems that had the crowd singing every word as it was their last hope and prayer (“American Slang”, “‘The 59 Sound”, “Great Expectations”, “The Queen of Lower Chelsea”).
Brian Fallon is a great frontman, one that any band would be lucky to have. He has a sincire quality about him that is one of the reasons the band is so beloved. It makes sense to me that people don’t simply like this band, they love them. They go to these shows to bond collectively, and share moments, just like the band do with their image rich lyrics.
My fandom for The Gaslight Anthem has been growing over the years, and finally seeing one of their live shows has me sold that they are one of the best things that rock has to offer.