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Flogging Molly
with The Slackers, Turbo A/Cs
March 14, 2002
Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

Alex Rud
Staff Writer
Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly (file photo from Samuel Barker)

Due to the fact that their drummer died Avoid One Thing had to miss a few dates.  I was not a 100% what will happen with the time slot until I got inside the club. The schedule said that the Turbo A.C.'s was the first band to go on. I have never heard of them so I wasn't sure of what to expect.

The show was 18+ so that means no little kids at this show. It was just old-time fans enjoying the band that almost single handedly keeps ska alive in NYC, or so it seems at times.

Turbo A.C.'s was probably the biggest surprise of the night. These guys blew I, and the rest of the crowd away. TAC put the rock in punk rock. The guys in the band were so energetic and knew how to play their instruments well. During one of the songs the bass player played an amazing bass solo that put the crowd in owe.

The highlight of their set was when they played "Where Eagles Dare" by the Misfits. I was screaming out the lyrics at the top of my lungs. I was surprised that a lot of the people didn't even know the lyrics. It's always great to see Misfits' songs being played live.

The crowd was not even half way filled up during the TAC set, but I think these guys got some good exposure and more people will be attending their shows in the future.

Next came the all mighty Slackers. I was not used to them opening up for anyone so it was really weird to see them play such a short set. Instead of them playing for over 2 hours the Slackers played a mere 1 hour.

The Slackers wasted no time in getting things started. The band was on fire. All the guys played like their life depended on it.  I was not sure how the Flogging Molly crowd would react to them, but it turns out that the majority of the crowd came for both bands so everyone had a really great time.

As the Slackers left the stage I was expecting them to do their usual encore, but they were gone. I kind of wanted more material. They also never seem to play "Rude and Reckless," even though people keep screaming it out at every show.

After a long, painful wait, which was only numbed by a Clach "London Calling" record playing on the sound system, the lights dimmed. Everyone in the place was screaming and raising their fists like preparing for a battle or something.

It was a bit weird seeing them on such a big stage. I remember seeing them at Wetlands (RIP) for the first time, and that place was packed with sweaty concertgoers. I, however, love it that these guys get to play to such great numbers of people, and, I need my breathing room.  

Flogging Molly was shooting a video for "What's Left Of The Flag" today so the cameras were combing the audience. I was right up front so I may be in the video, look for me mom.

I did not know some of the new stuff since I still haven't heard the new album but it was great listening to the new tunes for the first time live.  I, in return, sang along to all the old school jams the band dished out. The whole crowd was into the songs in fact.  It was like a crazy crowd.

I was standing up front and looked back one time and I could just see a sea of people just raising their fists and dancing.

The show was great and tons of people showed up even though it was a sunday night.  The best part is that I'm doing it again the next day

Alex Rud is a Staff Columnist. Contact him at arud@rockzone.com.

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