Fans of The Gaslight Anthem got an extra special gift this holiday season at the band's annual end of the year show. "Have I not been good enough to you this year? Huh? Well maybe this will make up for it..." singer Brian Fallon teased before calling hometown hero Bruce Springsteen to the stage. As the crowd erupted and a wall of iPhones flickered to life, The Boss and band tore through "American Slang" from the 2010 album of the same name. With Asbury Park's Convention Hall literally decked with holiday cheer, The Gaslight Anthem turned out a fantastic set of old favorites and classic cover songs.
I don't know why but the whole night I had Bob Gruen's photos of The Clash running through my mind. Similar to that band, Gaslight is a group comprised of four distinct yet complimentary personalities each with a unique visual style. More than once I saw traces of rock & roll's past when framing up the band, most notably bassist Alex Levine, equal parts Paul Simonon and a young Jerry Only.
There's alot more photos than this but Blogger is being finicky so to check out them all out head over to the Flickr gallery below.
PHOTO GALLERY: The Gaslight Anthem at Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ 12/9/11