Flogging Molly | 3.8.11

From there they tore through the rest of their set, drinking Guinness and flicking picks across the room. King was beaming.



The Pageant, St. Louis

After 14 years, the members of Flogging Molly still know how to whip a crowd into a frenzy. Though the band is on the latter half of their 7th annual Green 17 tour, they showed no signs of fatigue as they blasted through the hour and forty-five minute set.

The Pageant was packed with rowdy, green-clad fans. Once openers The Drowning Men and Moneybrother had finished their respective sets, the crowd started buzzing with anticipation and alcohol. The stage went dark and the Irish-punk headliners came out, opening with the new song, “Speed of Darkness.” From there they went back and played crowd pleasers such as “Likes of You Again” and “Swagger.”

The rest of the set bounced from new songs like “Saints and Sinners” and “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down,” to old favorites such as “Devil’s Dance Floor” and “Selfish Man.” The booze-fueled mob pumped their fists and jumped tirelessly into one another through “(No More) Paddy’s Lament” and “Rebels of the Sacred Heart.” Even some of the fans in the balcony seats felt inclined to stand, although that didn’t stop frontman Dave King from taunting them anyway.

After riling the crowd up, the band toned it down a bit with a three-song “acoustic” set (the bass was still electric). The first song, “The Wanderlust,” inspired a sea of lighter flames popping up around the room. The second, “Factory Girls,” featured King’s wife and band’s fiddle and tin whistle player Bridget Regan. King introduced it as a song “about a woman I’m terrified of,” referring, of course, to his mother. The last was another new track, “So Say Long.”

Once they’d finished the semi-acoustic break, Flogging Molly picked back up instantly with “Black Friday Rule.” From there they tore through the rest of their set, drinking Guinness and flicking picks across the room. King was beaming. The backdrop, which had been an image of a building during the rest of the show, turned into a picture of an old Irish flag as the band played “What’s Left of the Flag,” and they left the stage.

After a short break, the seven-piece returned for a three-song encore. From “Float” to “Tobacco Island,” they drummed up the crowd’s energy and the sea of fans let loose during “Seven Deadly Sins.” As the house lights went up and the tired flock of honorary and true Irishmen and women began filtering out into the rainy night, band members and stage crew were throwing drumsticks and set lists and giving high-fives to those who stood waiting. Though the masses were worn out, the band had just as much energy as when they’d started. “We’re not getting too soft in our old age,” King said. | Eva Connors

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