(The concert was on Thursday, July 28th)
One of the greatest concerts I have ever been able to attend. I just don’t know how to say it any better. Flogging Molly (along with Goldfinger and The Vandals) put on the best concert as part of the OC Fair music series.
My tickets included VIP Parking and access to the VIP dinner. Mayor Pringle of Anaheim was even among the attendees at the dinner (and he was really nice to talk to, even though I didn’t vote for him, but he is pretty good in reaching across the political aisle.)
Going back to the concert, when I arrived I thought my tickets were in the box. Nope, they were right down in the thick of all, in the pit. My very first mosh pit experience in my life, and let’s say I survived (it sort of helps to be a big guy in the first place to survive the mosh pit). Being so close to the stage really increased the experience ten fold. The band, which is based in Los Angeles, plays with the intensity of an Irish bar brawl and soccer riot all rolled into one.
The best part of the concert was when the lead singer started making fun of American Football (I’ve played the sport, and I sort of agree with him on some of his points). When he started talking about how the US Soccer team will eventually win the world cup (they are ranked 6th in the world) the OC based crowed started chanting “Oley, Oley, Oley” in tune with the way the soccer hooligans do it in europe. This was a much better musical effort then what was observed at the Beck concert, and made an awesome lead into the song.
Playing to a packed Pacific Amphitheatre, the band even dedicated a song called “Selfish Man” to George Bush. Dave King had guts to sing it in Orange County as I was afraid the crowd would burn him at the stake. However, the opposite happened, it caused the capacity crowd to cheer (and the cheer wasn’t directed towards Bush.)
Overall the experience was awesome, the crowd was into it, the band was into it, and it was definitely the best show at the Fair so far.