Stratton Setlist Snapshot — Brian Fallon & The Crowes Bring ‘Painkillers’ Tour to Detroit

Brian Fallon performs at Detroit’s Saint Andrew’s Hall June 28.

DETROIT — Brian Fallon & The Crowes sang about red lights, long drives and lost loves during their 19-song set at Saint Andrew’s Hall on June 28.

The Gaslight Anthem frontman and his band played several tracks from his “Painkillers” solo album, including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Steve McQueen,” “Red Lights,” “Long Drives” and the title track.

Early in the set, Fallon told the crowd about the “nice people” in Detroit and how Bob Seger’s 1978 classic “We’ve Got Tonite” conjures up images of Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper from “The Wonder Years.”

While reminiscing in between songs, Fallon also included several Horrible Crowes’ gems — “Sugar,” “Behold the Hurricane,” “Crush” and “I Witnessed a Crime” — from the band’s 2011 release, “Elsie.”

The biggest setlist surprise featured a cover of Katy Perry’s 2010 smash, “Teenage Dream,” which nicely complemented Fallon’s youthful themes about life, love and self-discovery.

Fallon & The Crowes will continue their “Painkillers” tour this summer with several European festival dates and additional U.S. shows through October.

‘Dancing With The Moonlit Knight’ — Genesis Prog Classic Transports Fans to Mythical World

The green, orange and red beaded butterfly curtain is my passageway to another land.

As I hear the beads collide against one another, I feel the energy change around me. The laws of science no longer apply and the power of logic is defeated by magic and art.

I’ve just stepped inside a medieval land dominated by knights, dragons, elves, wolves, wizards and royalty.

Radiant hues of sap green, yellow ochre, phthalo blue and alizarin crimson adorn the mystical landscape. The brilliant scenery is a painting in my mind’s eye that comes to life to right before me.

As I absorb the lush beauty around me, I suddenly hear a voice cry out:

“Can you tell me where my country lies?”

I quickly turn my head and see Peter Gabriel singing a cappella to me dressed in shiny plate mail wearing a galea.

Gabriel’s question is the opening line to Genesis’ 1973 prog classic “Dancing With the Moonlit Knight.”

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‘Victory Dance’ – My Morning Jacket Captivates Fans with Magical Live Performances

The door to our hotel room slowly clicked open at 5 a.m.

I grumpily shifted in my sleep on June 14, 2008 as I heard my brother Steve creep into the DoubleTree hotel room. He quietly tried not to wake Brian and me after spending all night at Bonnaroo, but I was already up.

After opening both eyes, I saw his feet and legs were covered in mud, while the smell of sweat, rain and humid Tennessee air filled the room.

“Are you just getting back now?” I asked.

Steve triumphantly looked at me and said, “Yes, My Morning Jacket played for four hours in the rain at Bonnaroo tonight. It was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.”

“Was it really worth staying out all night?” I asked.

“It was. You guys should have stayed,” Steve said.

“No artist is worth standing in the rain for four hours in the middle of the night to watch,” I said.

“Your loss,” Steve said with a victorious smile.

“Whatever,” I tiredly muttered and rolled my eyes as I went back to sleep.

Sadly, he was right. It’s not often I admit that, especially since I’m the younger sibling. (Steve will do a victory dance when he reads this part.)

I didn’t reflect back on that memory until two years later when I stood in the rain at My Morning Jacket’s May 2, 2010 show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.

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