Thursday’s show at The Pageant in St. Louis was a homecoming of sorts for Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless. The band made a stop on their “Going to Hell Tour” to support their sophomore effort of the same name and Momsen wasted little time in showing her appreciation to the city in which she was born.
Even though they are only on their second album they have been a part of eight tours over the past four years. And their constant touring shows in their live shows their cohesiveness as a unit.
They started out with the feverishly catchy “Follow Me Down”, the lead track to their second CD “Going to Hell” before hitting “Since You’re Gone”, their second song from their first CD “Light Me Up” as their second song in the setlist. (Did I lose you there? 1 – 1 – 2. 2 – 2 – 1. I thought it was cool, but I am a numbers nerd.)
Whether it was intentional like that or not (doubtful) one thing that certainly wasn’t intentional was the technical issues they experienced when an amplifier blew out. They had to break for a few minutes to repair it. Still, even with the break the show didn’t seem to slow down. Though it would have been noce to have watched them perform “House on a Hill”, the power ballad from “Going to Hell”.
Most of the show was hard driving, in your face and energetic. The band (Momsen on vocals, guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins) was tight and seemed to flow seamlessly from rockers like “Miss Nothing” to the bluesy rock riffs of “Cold Blooded”.
Mood was key as the lighting reflected the moment well. During “Absolution” the band was bathed in blue, red and yellow lighting
Momsen certainly has some solid pipes on her and is much more than a one dimensional rock singer. Phillips guitar work was strong and hinted occasionally at influences like Pink Floyd and Cream on different occasions.
A treat occurred during the encore. Sure, the encore lasted only one song, but there was a nearly 10 minute drum solo by Jamie Perkins smack in the middle of it. Unusual in that a vast majority of drum solos are usually placed in the middle of the main set. It was unique and welcomed, and was very impressive to the point that makes me want to check out more of his work.
Overall this show was as kick butt as you can get, and being in The Pageant just made it even sweeter. Definitely can’t wait to check them out again next time they come through. Let’s just hope Momsen hits her hometown more than once every four years.
Crash Midnight opened the show with a short but very spirited set. Utilizing a fresh attitude and energetic stage presence. They filled The Pageant with pure adrenalized straight up rock ‘n roll and easily and quickly won over the crowd. With songs like “151” and “Made for the Money” this band commands a presence far exceeding most other bands that are on the opening slot of a three band set lineup. Make sure to get to the venue early and check these guys out as they will rock your ears off.
Adelitas Way held the support slot, ramming through a solid hard rocking set that included “Save the World”, “Criticize” and “Sick”. The band looks a little different since the last time they played St. Louis in 2012 (Opening for Theory of a Deadman), however, with Bassist Andrew Cushing replacing Derek Johnston, rhythm guitarist left the band making the band a foursome, and lead singer Rick DeJesus sporting a clean(er) look than that time. They are touring in support of their most recent CD “Stuck” and offered a perfect complement to the evening’s lineup.
Not a weak link in this show at all, which is certainly a recommended must see.
The Pretty Reckless setlist:
Follow Me Down
Since You’re Gone
Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party
Make Me Wanna Die
Going to Hell
F***ed Up World