The band took the stage at 9pm and proceeded to own the club for the next 90 minutes. A small crowd and a curtained off back third of the club made the stage closer to all of us, the band right in the thick of it. Dave L quickly established himself front and center and opened with Fear and Trembling. His powerful voice and energy jolted the crowd alive on a cold Monday night.
Donnie kept the beat perfectly all night. His long hair and gangly arms reminding me of a young Dave Grohl or Animal from the Muppets. He was mesmerizing. Occasionally he would disappear entirely behind the drum kit, I suppose to recharge and recover his spent energy for the next song. if the Heart is a Muscle, then Donnie is the heart beat. That song was dedicated to Dave’s late father.
Dave prowled the stage and enticed us to sing along, answer his calls, and dance. Let Me Down Easy was started and stopped twice while we were admonished and cajoled to shake our asses. Dave even threw himself into the crowd to literally join the fans celebrating the life and joy we were experiencing.
Other highlights for me were Don’t Let Your Spirit Wane and Magnolia, both beautifully sonic. Say Yes To Life ended the night. A snippet of Bohemian Rhapsody was the only non-GOY song in the show.
I left the club with my ears ringing and my spirit energized. I can’t wait for their return!