Flogging Molly Tour Blog

Seven-piece celtic punk band, Flogging Molly, are heading across Canada with the enthusiasm you would expect from these experienced LA-based performers. The band will be touring to promote the release of the deluxe edition of their newest LP, Speed of Darkness, out October 25 2011. Flogging Molly is touring alongside Rise Against. They also have European and U.S tour dates, here. Bob Schmidt, of Flogging Molly, is keeping fans updated with the group's Canadian performances and behind-the-scenes exploits through this tour blog.

London, Ontario

October 6th, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

Another giant hockey arena. Something tells me I’m going to be seeing a lot of these this tour. Had another fun show, and this time I got a few pics, so here they are…

A moment before this picture was taken all the Rise Against guys were standing in that doorway. I guess I was too slow, but it's a great picture of Matt!

See you all tomorrow in Thunder Bay…

Montreal, Quebec…

October 6th, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

Had a great show tonight! It was at an indoor hockey arena at the University of Montreal, which usually means it will sound crappy. Oddly enough it didn’t. Who knew? It was a pretty old venue but it had decent acoustics and the bands all sounded great. Definitely good to play in Montreal again, and the Black Pacific put on a great show too. Every once in a while they have Nathen up to sing Blitzkrieg Bop with them, so keep you eyes out. He did it tonight and it was a blast. Rise Against were great and while they were playing I saw a guy try to kick a water fountain off of the wall. Must have been pretty excited. Sorry no pics from tonight, but my camera was busted. More to come though, see you soon!

More Quebec City, Quebec…

October 5th, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

Had a great show tonight. The show was packed by the time the Black Pacific hit the stage, and it was almost capacity by the time we went on. The crowd was fantastic and we had a great time playing tonight. Rise Against killed it as well, great show and a super charged crowd! Here’s some shots of the night…

Rise Against rocking the joint...

Quebec City, Quebec

October 5th, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

All right! This is our first show supporting Rise Against in Canada. It was a great show. Looked a bit rainy all day but by the evening everything cleared up nicely. Had a great day wandering around the old city center and had a solid sound check. Now it’s just a matter of playing a rock show…

Here’s some dressing room shots before the show…

Check out our duds

Sound Acadamy, Toronto, Ontario

October 3rd, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

Hey all, today is the last show we’re headlining before we head off to support Rise Against for their Canadian tour. This is the last show we’ve got on this tour with the Stanfields, who have been a great opener, and the first we’re doing with the Black Pacific, who’ll stay with us for the rest of the Canadian run.
Sound Acadamy is a great venue, but it’s pretty much in the sticks, so there’s not much to do there. It also always seems to be raining when we go there, so that further limits out ability to get out and about. It just gave us more time to catch up with our friends in the Black Pacific. We saw these guys last when we were at the Redding and Leeds festivals in the UK.
I got some photos of the dressing room and Dennis sound checking with the Black Pacific guys

Time to get our makeup done.

Dennis helping out BP with their sound check.

Moncton, New Brunswick.

October 2nd, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

I’ll preface this post with an apology for not having any pictures. The battery on my camera can be very temperamental. That being said, had a great time in Moncton. Just a great small, hot, sweaty rock show. Great crowd and thanks to everyone who stuck around to chat after the show. Lots of birthdays this week, glad you all chose to spend them with us.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

October 2nd, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

All right, so it was my birthday for this show, and I did a bit of walk about during the day. Saw the Citadel and some of the old churches…
Played at the New Palace for our second time, just as great on our return. Thanks to everyone for the great enthusiasm and fantastic dancing. I think they sang “World Alive” louder than we did.

Here's a shot of the club at sound check

St. John’s Newfoundland, night two.

September 29th, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

So we had the day to check out the town and the waterfront is beautiful. Check it out

I had dinner with Nate and his relatives at the Duke. Best fish and chips I’ve had in years…maybe ever. The second show was every bit as good as the first. We mixed the set up a little bit to freshen it up, and the crowd was great. It really is a great town for music. There’s something about that town, the folks just have a ton of soul, and they really try to enjoy everything in their life to the fullest. I can’t wait to get back there again.
We flew out Sunday morning to Halifax, and the weather was beautiful.
Here are a couple of shots from the plane.

Thanks St. John’s, we had a blast!
See you again soon…

St. Johns, Newfoundland, night one.

September 29th, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

I arrived into Newfoundland at 3am and got a ride from the airport to the hotel from Nate’s mother-in-law (who flew in on my flight) and her sisters. Their family is from Newfoundland, so in addition to it being exciting to play a new town we haven’t been to before, there is a little extra excitement since we have a family connection there. Nate was in St. Johns a few years ago and kept telling us we had to get the band up there. Well, here we are. St. John’s is like a mix of New England, San Fransisco, Scotland, and New Orleans. The New Orleans vibe comes from the number of bars in town (lots of boozing) and the massive music appreciation that thrives in the town. People are out busking just about even block, and there are some great players there.
Our show the first night was the second show that went on sale, as the first one sold out in a couple of minutes. The crowd was really rearing to go. We managed to squeeze on stage and from the get go the night was on full bore. We had managed to get a new song worked out during sound check from Speed of Darkness, so we played that for the St. John’s crowd. It’s a song called Heart of the Sea, and it was inspired by a book of the same name about the sinking of the whaleship Essex (the story of that had originally inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick). It’s always great to get new songs into the setlist and the crowd seemed to really like it. We played Black Friday Rule as well, which we haven’t done in a while. All in all the show was fantastic, with a great crowd of fantastic dancers. Not that we had expected anything less from the Newfoundlanders.

Welcome FM fans…

September 29th, 2011 by Bob Flogging Molly

Hey everyone, here’s the start of the Flogging Molly Canadian Tour Blog. We’re a few days in now, but I had some trouble getting logged in, so I’ve got some catching up to do.
Our first two shows were in St. Johns and the next one in Halifax, and then Moncton, so I’ll break them up into individual post and you can check it out as it goes along.