REVIEW: Flogging Molly at Irving Plaza: Night One

Los Angeles-based Irish punk rockers Flogging Molly were back in NYC for the second time since August when they played the shiny new Ford Amphitheater right here in Brooklyn, and this time were poised to take on Irving Plaza for two consecutive nights. We were able to cover the first night, and why not? It’s Flogging Molly and they’re always a blast live. One thing worth mentioning right off the top is that Flogging Molly have some of the best and most loyal fans in music – many of the faces in the front row were faces I recognized from the Coney Island show last summer – and it’s always a great thing to see the kind of loyalty that brings fans out to see a band over and over.

Anywho, I walked in halfway through The White Buffalo’s set and I wish I had been there earlier, but I digress and that leaves with more space to talk about Flogging Molly. If you’ve never seen the band before, what rock are you hiding under? I admitted way back in August that I was a little skeptical about what they’d bring to a live show, but quickly learned that the band is a world of fun on stage. It was no different during my second round with these guys at night one of their two-night stand at Irving Plaza

As is usual at a Flogging Molly show since the last cycle, they opened up with The Hand of John L. Sullivan, which I couldn’t help but sing along to. Have I mentioned how much I love that song? No? Well, I do. It’s a great tune and a fun way to kick off a show. We haven’t received the setlist for the show as of this writing, so I’ll tell you what I know they played – in no particular order: Drunken LullabiesLife in a Tenement SquareGuns of JerichoThe Worst Day Since YesterdayRequiem For a Dying SongThe Seven Deadly Sins, a new tune called Hostile Nations and If I Ever Leave This World Alive, which was dedicated to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing at the Ariana Grande concert just 24 hours earlier local time.

And that brings me right into something else. I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t say that concerts are supposed to bring people together and be a safe place for people to gather and forget about the real world for a while. The fact that Flogging Molly even had to dedicate a song to victims of a terrorist attack on a concert – a concert attended by children no less – speaks volumes to the hatred that’s out there for any kind of positivity. You should be able to go to a concert and have a good time and not have to worry about whether it’s your last day, so props to security for doing a good job of screening everyone at the venue and Flogging Molly for pouring their hearts out a day after music fans were targeted by cowards.

But, back to the show before I wrap this up and get to the photos. Flogging Molly fans know what everyone else needs to figure out: this group is fun to watch, fun to listen to, and a joy to be around. Dave King even went so far as to say to myself and one of the other photographers as we were leaving the pit that we look like we should be working in a comic book store! Ha! Seriously, that was hilarious and only part of the reason why I enjoy Flogging Molly (that sounds dirty in that context!) so much. They play great Irish punk rock, they have a good time doing it and their fans go absolutely apeshit for it. That’s the kind of show I want to see again and again, and I will absolutely see them and again. You should too.

Check out the photo gallery below.

Flogging Molly performs at Irving Plaza in NYC