Show Review: Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, Off With Their Heads at the Pageant, Saturday, March 5

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Todd Owyoung
It may have been Mardi Gras in Soulard, but Saturday night in University City, you would have assumed St. Patrick's Day showed up a little early. Covered in green, Mardi Gras beads and Guinness-infused grins, thousands shuffled into the Pageant to take in the beloved Boston punkers' spirited Irish wail.

View a slideshow of photos from Dropkick Murphys/Against Me! at the Pageant

Minneapolis' Off With Their Heads popped the cork on the festivities. Although the band had just cruised through town with Less Than Jake at Pop's a few weeks back, you could tell OWTH was pleased to be back in St. Louis. Wasting no time, the band ripped through thirty minutes of economical, albeit spazzy, snot-core punk. Considering the majority of the band's songs are about depression and struggle, OWTH was in good spirits and all smiles. Although singer/guitarist Ryan Young is never one to go out of his way to be the "animated front man," OWTH's new lead guitar player kept things interesting with an animated scowl and flashy swagger. He viciously strummed in the same manner Johnny Ramone attacked his signature Mosrite guitar. By the time OWTH hammered through its final song, "Fuck You, I'm Out," the Pageant crowd was primed and ready for more raucous rock.

The folks who attended Against Me!'s Live On the Levee show with Silversun Pickups last July may not have recognized this version of the band. Only two members of Saturday night's lineup were present last July. And even singer Tom Gabel may have looked like a stranger, considering he apparently fired his barber and now dons shoulder-length, mop-like hair. The most glaring addition, though, was definitely drummer, and rock & roll royalty, Jay Weinberg.

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Todd Owyoung
Tom Gabel of Against Me!
In last week's Riverfront Times, Gabel hinted at the fact that Weinberg has brought a sense of urgency to the band. This urgency was ever-present throughout the band's high-intensity, fourteen-song set. As Gabel unleashed his signature howl, and guitarist James Bowman and bassist Andrew Seward delivered back-up vocals and on-stage flare, Weinberg (whose leg was in a cast, mind you) destroyed every inch of his kit. The guy just couldn't stop playing, which added a new continuous, seamless transition from song to song that AM! never had in the past. And when the band lunged into its crowd favorite, "Thrash Unreal," it sounded every bit of the stadium anthem it was intended to be.

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17 comments
ProjectMelton
ProjectMelton

This show was awesome. I loved it when they let the stage fill up with people for the last two songs. First up, the girls were allowed to get up for 'Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced' then the guys got to join for the final song and the stage was packed!

Allison
Allison

I was surprised that we didn't get Spicy McHaggis with all the women up there.

Paul
Paul

They definitely played Curse of a Fallen Soul near the middle/end of the set and The Gangs All Here near the front.

Jkeener
Jkeener

The Gang's All Here Was the 4th song I believe, but definitely played at the front. Curse of a Fallen Soul absolutely was played as well. The Auld Triangle is correct, and they also played Broken Hymns from the new cd, if I'm not mistaken.

Haley
Haley

They didn't play Tessie. I wished they did, though.

Bandits_ta
Bandits_ta

Tessie wasn't part of the setlist. the dirty glass was the song u were looking for.

John G
John G

Rather sure the second song was "Captian Kelly's Kitchen"

John G
John G

Rather sure the second song was "Captian Kelly's Kitchen"

Chap
Chap

yes, the second song was definitely captain kelly's kitchen

mathiasinthe314
mathiasinthe314

'Sing Loud, Sing Proud' is actually A Few Good Men and 'Irish Rover' is The Wild Rover

Chap
Chap

Jndean is correct, it's their new cover on the new cd, it was the Irish Rover

Jndean
Jndean

nope Irish Rover is on their new album

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