Fratellis Kick Off First Stateside Tour in 5 Years with Webster Hall Show [11/1/13]

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 at 12:13 pm by
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Last Friday, Webster Hall welcomed The Fratellis back to New York, as they kicked off their first stateside tour in five years. The room was shoulder-to-shoulder with a jovial expectation for the sold-out performance. The Glaswegians obliged by bringing down the house with an hour and a half of musical mayhem.

It was a rollicking good time from the get go. They warmed up the crowd with the new hooky track “This Old Ghost Town,” quickly followed by the frenzied bonus track from Costello Music “Cuntry Boys and City Girls.” In his thick Scottish burr, Jon Fratelli said hello to the crowd and made mention that for every new song they played, they would also play an old favorite. With their third record being pretty awesome, this was an unnecessary qualifier to the crowd. There was a universal reception for the new stuff as well as oldies – seemed like everyone was just thrilled to have them back stateside in a live venue.

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The band had a no-frills stage presence; three guys (plus a keys dude along for the tour) with a simple set up, sweating out some straight up, poppin’ rock n’roll. There was minimal banter, but plenty of appreciative smiles and thank yous. The crowd was in excellent form; arms instantly went skyward when they took the stage, and hands flailed along to every song.The wooden floor of Webster Hall trembled, then pulsed, and finally turned trampoline when they hit “Jeannie Nitro,” and maintained its enthusiastic bounce for the duration of the show. As one would expect from a tour’s lead off show, the Fratellis had a few kinks to iron out (mic issues, guitar transitions), but they took it all in stride and didn’t let the glitches faze their solid performance.

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They cranked out a whoppin’ twenty four tunes; by the time they reached the set-to-encore interlude, a feeling of “Already? Where has the time gone?!” astonishment rippled through the crowd. Always the sign of a good show. While each song held its own, some standouts included “We Need Medicine,” “Baby Fratelli” and a legendary cover of Dion and the Belmonts’ “Runaround Sue.”

All in all, the Fratellis created a feverish sing-a-long atmosphere with their rambunctious noise. With their dates being limited, and fan reception inarguable, we can only assume that another tour will soon be in the works. We eagerly await their return.

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Check out the full set list below:

This Old Ghost Town
Cuntry Boys & City Girls
Whisky Saga
Vince The Loveable Stoner
She’s Not Gone Yet But She’s Leaving
Shotgun Shoes
Seven Nights Seven Days
Whistle For The Choir
This Is Not the End of the World
Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night
Halloween Blues
Acid Jazz Singer
Jeannie Nitro
We Need Medicine
Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy
Baby Fratelli
Until She Saves My Soul

Rock ‘n Roll Will Break Your Heart
Runaround Sue (Dion cover)
Chelsea Dagger
A Heady Tale

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