Photos and words by Queosha Walters
After an almost three year hiatus, The Gaslight Anthem announced in January of 2018 that they would be reuniting for several shows to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their album The 59' Sound, and Toronto was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen cities. Although the band has not worked on any new material since 2015, Torontos fans filled REBEL in anticipation of reminiscing and rocking out to nostalgic hits.
The band performed 28 songs altogether, opening up with Handwritten, which the crowd knew every single word to. Alex Levine, the band's bass player, was truly remarkable to watch as he unapologetically danced around the stage and even took the time to acknowledge some fans in the front row. Gaslight Anthem's lead, Brian Fallon, was full of smiles and looked really happy to be back on tour and reunited with the fans.
It's unclear at the moment whether or not The Gaslight Anthem will ever permanently reunite to create new music. Fallon expressed that he would likely move forward with a solo career as he doesn't have anything more to say with the band that hasn't already been written in the music across five albums. Art should never be forced and should come from an authentic place, so we appreciate Fallon's view for his future. We wish success and prosperity to each band member and the musical paths they'll embark upon!
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