February 15th, 2009
Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
Two hours AFTER doors there was a line halfway down a long avenue outside Hammerstein Ballroom here in NYC. Bottles of every kind of beer also lined the pavement further than the line of people.
For what? To get in to see Flogging Molly on their first stop of the Green 17 Tour. But even two hours after doors was a bit weird to see all these people not yet inside, drinking the venue's beer.
Why the backup? They weren't letting people on the floor anymore - Floor's Filled!
My theory - they weren't looking at tickets and let everyone just go on the floor. Bad ticket people!
So my friend and I, a bit confused, headed to the 2nd balcony and took a seat. MY GOD the floor really was PACKED! While nothing beats the floor, on some level we were happy we were high above.
It was a cool experience because watching exactly what happens down below is fun, eye opening and thrilling.
Dub Trio and The Aggrolites opened the show. We missed Dub Trio, but caught the other act. They're dub, right - ska, punk reggae. Good music, but not what we were in the mood for.
On to the main act...
Flogging Molly was AMAZING. This was the right way to start a tour. They played a bunch of new songs, but I was most excited for those I've already heard live.
With a bird's eye view of the place, it was fun to see the kids running around on the floor and happy, drunken fans doing a jig off in the stairwells.
A typical set list, HOWEVER..."Black Friday Rule"...not to be found.
Maybe they'll include it on warped tour.