Anberlin are currently in the midst of their farewell tour, for the band and it’s fans that means night after night of hugs and goodbyes. Wednesday night in Boston was no different. The evening kicked off with local opener USA USA USA who’s performance drew mixed reaction from the crowd. They had a solid sounding performance, but their attitudes and stage demeanor seemed to miss the mark with a lot in attendance. Following that was the frontman of legendary punk rockers MxPx, Mike Herrera performing an acoustic set. His material and performance seemed to resonate a lot more with the Anberlin fans.
Around 9:25 Anberlin came out to begin a very emotional night of music. Frontman Stephen Christian was moving about the stage with a great deal of energy and a huge smile on his face from the get go. 5 songs into their set, Anberlin wasted no time in adding a new memory to the minds of Boston fans, when they pulled out the rare track ‘Glass to the Arson’ being played for the first time on the entire tour. The only track from Anberlin’s new album “Lowborn” that was played on the night was ‘We Are Destroyer’ likely a testament to the fact the band wanted to focus more on memories on this farewell tour.
Other popular songs in the set were ‘The Unwinding Cable Car,’ ‘Dismantle.Repair.’ and ‘Godspeed.’ Anberlin closed their main set with ‘Feel Good Drag’ a high energy, punk rock tune that gave fans one last chance to leave everything on the floor. Fans demanded the band return of an encore, which they did, singing the semi-acoustic track ‘*(fin)’ which fit so well at the end of the show it was almost like they’d planned their spilt around playing that song last at each show. The band posed for one last picture in front of the Boston crowd and then waved goodbye. It was a night where emotions were running very high in the House of Blues, for many Anberlin was a group they grew up listening to, so for many in attendance it was a nostalgic trip back to their younger years. There were also plenty of new fans in attendance seeing the band for the first time. Just an example of how music can bring together fans of all ages across age barriers. There’s no telling if there will one day be an Anberlin reunion tour, but on this night, lifelong memories were made for many.
See photos from the perforamnce below, and head over to Mosh Pit Report on facebook for additional photo content