The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Live In Philadelphia (7/13/15)

Boston’s Mighty Mighty Bosstones are one of those bands I’ve been listening to forever yet somehow never got a chance to see live.  Let’s Face It was my first ska album when I was just in middle school, and I played the shit out of it.  When I saw they were finally coming to Philadelphia, I bought tickets the minute they went on sale.

This past Monday night my girlfriend and I made our way to Philly’s Union Transfer.  I was hoping to catch openers Street Dogs since it’s been a few years since I’ve seen them, but unfortunately Philly had other plans for me… mostly in the form of detours and road closures.

When we finally got there, the place was decently packed, and Street Dogs just ended.  While not sold out, the place was definitely filled with people from all eras.  I saw many old heads with their kids who were decked out in Bosstones gear and wasn’t exactly sure how the reaction was going to be.

The second the Mighty Mighty Bosstones took the stage, it was clear this was going to be a rowdy show, with a circle pit opening during opener “I Want My City Back” that wouldn’t let up for the entirety of the set.

Dicky and crew have been at this a long time, and it showed through how tight their set was.  The band was on point, barely missing a beat and played a solid long set consisting of songs from all their releases, with a bunch I didn’t really know (I’m not too familiar with their last two albums, but need to check them out).

A tight show which had plenty of us skanking and shouting along, I naturally assumed the song that would get their biggest reaction was their surprising hit “The Impression That I Get”, but old school “Devil’s Night Out” had the place exploding. But the fact they played both “Hope I Never Lose My Wallet” and then closing with one of personal favorites “Holy Smoke”?  Killed it.  But the true hero?  Bosstones resident skanker, who kept dancing onstage the entirety of the set in a full blown suit under those hot spotlights.  You da real MVP.

Setlist:
I Want My City Back
Rascal King
Dr D.
Graffiti Worth Reading
Someday I Suppose
Like A Shotgun
Let’s Face It
Sunday Afternoons On Wisdom Ave
Kinder Words
All Things Considered
He’s Back
I Wrote It
Open And Honest
I Won’t Go Out Like That
Mr. Moran
The One With Woes All Over It
Rudie Can’t Fail (Clash cover)
Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah
Devil’s Night Out
Don’t Worry Desmond Dekker
They Will Need Music
The Impression That I Get
Impossible Dream

Encore:
Hope I Never Lose My Wallet
A Pretty Sad Excuse
Chocolate Pudding
Holy Smoke

MP3:
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Hope I Never Lose My Wallet

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