Flogging Molly – The Underworld, Camden Town, London (August 27, 2002)

Flogging Molly “Kings of the Camden High Street”
This was my first live experience of Flogging Molly, and the most positive thing to come out of it, was the fact that it certainly will not be my last.
The Underworld is quite a small venue and quickly filled up with people from all walks of life. Mostly spiky haired Punks, many of who were probably only there because the Underworld is mainly a Punk venue. They may not have been FM fans going in but they certainly were when they were leaving. There were Irish football shirts scattered around too and of course FM and Pogues tee shirts. There were 3 warm up bands, which were in the right order, as each one seemed better than the last.
The crowd got excited when Flogging Molly appeared on the stage around 9.30. After a brief instrument check, They steamed into “Drunken Lullabies”. The sound was excellent, the Underworld seemed to be the perfect place for FM to play. Dave briefly introduced each song, and they carried on as they started. “Selfish Man”, “The Likes of You”, “Rebels of the Sacred Heart” followed, with the moshers getting livelier with each song. The band then caught their breath with a perfect rendition of “The Worst Day Since Yesterday”. After a very long round of applause, off they went again “Black Friday Rule” , “Another Bag of Bricks”, “Devils Dance floor”, “What’s Left of the Flag”, “Salty Dog”, and the “Kings of the Kilburn High Road”, among others before the last song, “Delilah” Rocked Camden Town.
All in all, a very enjoyable evening. Watching them on stage, I could see that they really enjoyed what they were doing. Flogging Molly produced a unique self styled sound that was fuelled by pure adrenaline. Power packed songs performed to perfection. It was the kind of performance that even the master, Mr. MacGowan would have been proud of. To finish up, I’ll give one piece of advice to anyone who hasn’t seen Flogging Molly yet…..The next time they are playing near you, get yourselves down there to see them, and believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

Review by Michael “Dublin Mickey” Fay

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