Somewhere around the time when the Gaslight Anthem was plowing through the title track from their new album, “American Slang,” a friend leaned over to me and said, “I guess every generation needs its own Bruce Springsteen.”
Well, why not?
After all, the Boss has just celebrated his 61st birthday, and we all know that rock ‘n’ roll is a young man’s game.
Not that New Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem is a Springsteen clone or anything, but there’s no doubt that he’s been a huge influence on their sound.
And the word about Gaslight Anthem is spreading fast. Just a couple of years ago, they were playing at Valentine’s Music Hall. Last week they drew a large crowd of more than 700 to Northern Lights in Clifton Park on a Sunday night. And a few days later, they were headlining at Radio City Music Hall.
Not bad for a blue collar, meat ‘n’ potatoes rock ‘n’ roll band that’s only been together for five years.