Review: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on November 4, 2011 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls kicked off their 2011 North American tour at New York’s Bowery Ballroom in September, 2011 and they came back to wind the tour down on November 3, 2011.  The British singer’s music is folk/punk and he absolutely rocked the house.  In fact, the sold out crowd was so into the show, it felt like a stadium show packed into a small venue.  There was moshing, jumping, crowd surfing and every song was a crowd sing-a-long.  Frank Turner had the crowd engaged for the entire duration of his hour and 45 minute set.   He played old favorites, new songs (including “Polaroid” and a video of that song will be coming soon – so please book mark this site!), as well as covers of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.”

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls

Frank Turner received maximum crowd participation including getting the audience to play “air harmonica” and “air guitar” whilst singing over an acoustic guitar solo.  He told funny stories in between songs and also mentioned his trepidation at playing the song “Glory Hallelujah” for American audiences because it features the lyric “There is no god.”  He said that audiences responded very positively and in fact, his favorite crowds to play for are the American audience.  Sorry England!  Frank Turner’s voice is very powerful and there was nothing but love (and drunkenness) for Frank Turner.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner

As I watched the crowd exit the concert, I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people will be calling in sick today because most everyone was completely wasted!  The Frank Turner show was a drunken good time and I am sure that once everyone’s hangover subsides, they will tell you the same thing!  See the set list as well as a photo with my encounter with Frank Turner after the jump.

Frank Turner Bowery Ballroom Setlist

Frank Turner Bowery Ballroom Setlist on November 3, 2011

Please note, there were a few additional songs played including “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen.

Frank Turner and Geoffrey Dicker

Frank Turner and G

Frank Turner was really cool when I spoke with him and he thanked me for coming to the show.  As we concluded our chat, he said that he hopes to see me again soon and the feeling is mutual!  Thanks again for a rockin’ night Frank!

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