After a high energy, fifty minute set in front of a standing room only (seats were available, but unused) crowd at the Ed Sullivan Theater last night (June 27), The Gaslight Anthem returned to the stage at the chanted requested of the audience. The Jersey bred and Springsteen approved band put an exclamation point on their performance with a thunderous rendition of the Who‘s “Baba O’Riley.”
After concluding their set with “The Backseat,” the band left the stage to a standing ovation, but alternating chants of “Gaslight Anthem!” and “One More Song!” brought them out for an encore.
“I think that was the first time in the history of ever that we seriously thought that we weren’t coming back,” lead singer and guitarist Brian Fallon told the crowd. “But they’re like, ‘You guys can do one more.’”
After some banter with the crowd, Fallon cut to the chase. “We’re gonna do one more song for ya. It’s not our song but it’s a good one to send ya off to.” Guitarist Alex Rosamilia played the unmistakable notes originally performed by Pete Townshend on piano and the audience erupted.
Towards the end of the performance right before the song’s climax, Fallon yelled to the crowd, “Look at this kid!” in reference to Rosamilia on guitar. “Who needs a keyboard?”
To catch Gaslight’s encore of “Baba O’Riley” (52:21 mark) or watch their entire Live On Letterman set head over to CBS.com.
The Gaslight Anthem’s Live On Letterman setlist:
- Great Expectations
- Biloxi Parish
- Old White Lincoln
- Film Noir
- American Slang
- Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?
- Here Comes My Man (New song; first time played live)
- The ’59 Sound
- Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts
- The Backseat
- Baba O’Riley
The Gaslight Anthem’s appearance on Live On Letterman comes a month before the release of the band’s fourth album Handwritten, due for release on July 24th.
Gaslight originally recorded the cover of the Who classic for their iTunes Session, released on October 12, 2011. The band also covers Tom Petty‘s “Refugee,” Bob Dylan‘s “House of the Rising Sun (Traditional),” and Pearl Jam’s 1992 recording “State of Love and Trust.”
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