To say July 12, 2014 was an exhausting day for Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son would be an understatement.
But hey...the show must go on. Or rather, the show(s).
The band began the day out in the near-90-degree heat in Bradley Beach, N.J. at the annual "Lobsterfest" in front of a crowd of people. It wasn't the typical venue for a Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son show, and the set proved it.
Photo Courtesy: Ann Mahoney
The boys went on for nearly two hours, bouncing between originals off both Friends in Low Places and Delicate Fall From Grace, with Bobby and Jon even bringing back the now-rare "On The Edge" off the Only Ashes Remain EP. They were also joined by familiar guest Ed McIntosh and his buddy Joey Cartwright for some tunes, while local saxiphonist Zack Sandler even hopped on for a few covers and a killer rendition of "Another Deadbeat Summer."
1. Lowlife (John Eddie cover)
2. Hit The Town
3. Danger Dan
4. Girl You Have No Faith in Medicine (White Stripes cover)
6. Pink Cadillac (Bruce Springsteen cover)
7. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock n' Roll) (AC/DC cover)
8. The Bitch Is Back (Elton John Cover)
9. Worrisome Child
10. Delicate Fall From Grace
11. Thick As Thieves
12. Can't Stand Myself
14. Light of Day (Bruce Springsteen cover)
15. Ultimatum (Bobby and Jon)
16. On The Edge (Bobby and Jon)
17. Teenagers Too
18. St. Jimmy (Green Day cover)
19. Another Deadbeat Summer
Later on, Bobby made his way to the Strand Theater in Lakewood for a quick acoustic set that saw him ignite the crowd before a viewing of Destressed, the film featuring the title track off his last album. He would hop up with Tommy Byrne and Jeffrey Thompson of Tommy Bryne and the Sellouts for some jam tunes as well.
Photo Courtesy: John Posada
1. Another Deadbeat Summer
2. Delicate Fall From Grace
3. Stand By Me (The Drifters cover)
4. Hang On Sloopy (The McCoys cover)
But it would be the later set that would prove to be the real attention-grabber.
For the first time ever, the guys took to the basement of the New Brunswick-famous Court Tavern. Gracing the stage where Mahoney idol Brian Fallon once did himself, he and the Seventh Son tore through some tracks off the new album.
Photo Courtesy: Laura Gubrud
Mahoney's intensity shined through most in this particular performance. With his fuse ready to blow after playing his third set of the day, he took every opportunity he could to drive home the thematic elements of Friends in Low Places. After a few blistering guitar solos and even a sax-filled cover of Springsteen's "Light of Day," the evening ended like no other show has yet.
Panting into the microphone, the lights centered in on Bobby, as he began to strum away at the opening chords to "Self-Induced Exile." Silence fell across the crowd, with the clock close to midnight, and the singer/songwriter channeled the anger and angst that fueled FILP. It was as bombastic of a closer as the band has ever had, and Bobby dropped his guitar as the final crash hit to send the crowd home with a sense of astonishment.
1. Teenagers Too
2. Hit The Town
3. Danger Dan
4. New Age Outlaws
6. Another Deadbeat Summer
7. Light of Day (Bruce Springsteen cover)
9. Self-Induced Exile
For more information on the three sets, click here.
Friends in Low Places
Shot in the Dark