Tuesday, March 22, at the Riot Room
Brian Fallon laments that “nobody writes the blues anymore” on his solo debut album “Painkillers.” The nostalgic musician has spent much of his career reminiscing about the past. The sentimental streak has served Fallon well.
As the primary artistic force behind the Gaslight Anthem, Fallon is a hero among listeners who believe that Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer of the Clash have already perfected rock ’n’ roll.
Many of the Gaslight Anthem’s songs including “The ’59 Sound” are worthy successors to Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and the Clash’s “Janie Jones.” Yet after a decade of carrying the torch for traditional rock ’n’ roll, the Gaslight Anthem has gone on an indefinite hiatus.
Fans needn’t worry about a change in Fallon’s musical direction. The New Jersey man probably isn’t capable of striking out in a new direction. His new songs — like the pensive “Steve McQueen” and the defiantly buoyant “A Wonderful Life” — are entirely in keeping with the Gaslight Anthem sound.
Fallon isn’t performing material by the Gaslight Anthem on his current tour so songs from “Painkillers” and material from Fallon’s side project the Horrible Crowes will have to suffice on Tuesday.
Austin Plaine, a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, and Jared Hart, a New Jersey artist who sounds like Fallon’s understudy, will set the tone for the show with heartfelt songs of yearning.
Tickets are $25 in advance through theriotroom.com.