Flogging Molly & The Interrupters – 6/21/22
▣Red Hat Amphitheater | Raleigh, NC ▣Tuesday, June 21st 2022
▣Photographer/Journalist: James Benson
It was a very nice summer evening to have some ska and Celtic punk energy from two heavyweights in Raleigh at the Red Hat Amphitheater.
Opening the four-band lineup was The Skints, an English reggae punk band from London, and Tiger Army from L.A. Both bands were fantastic! They got the crowd ready for The Interrupters and Flogging Molly
The Interrupters took the stage just as the sun was setting and you couldn’t have asked for a better background. They started off with “Take Back the Power.” The band could not stop smiling during the entire set and quite possibly made eye contact with everyone. They definitely made you feel like they were there for you. Before they played their hit “Family,” The Interrupters made the entire crowd feel like part of the family. They were simply amazing!
The Interrupters played songs that spanned most of their catalog including “She Got Arrested” from Say It Out Loud and closing with “She’s Kerosene” from Fight The Good Fight. They teased the audience with a mix of unfinished covers of fellow Epitaph Records artists Bad Religion, The Offspring, and NOFX, before actually playing a killer cover of Bad Religion’s “Sorrow”.
Flogging Molly opened their set with, in my opinion, their biggest hit, “Drunken Lullabies,” then didn’t take the foot off the gas for the rest of the show. Flogging Molly kept the vibe of the venue of joy, hope, and let’s all get happily drunk together that evening. Everyone was having a good time and that’s what music is about! And boy did Flogging Molly and the rest of the bands do it!
Their setlist was strong including songs such as “Crushed,“ “Float,” (which happens to be one of my all-time favorites from Flogging Molly), and “What’s Left of the Flag.” The energy and feeling of the entire venue never let down. You could definitely tell that they were very happy to be back on stage performing again! And the fans reciprocated that feeling!
Every band was amazing and I highly recommend seeing them in the nearest city to you! You will not regret it!
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