by Marissa Marchello
Currently traveling the U.S with support from Australia’s pop alt band The Faim, Andy Black stopped by Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ on May 4th. Black’s new album, The Ghost of Ohio was released on April 12, 2019 featuring singles, “Ghost of Ohio” and “Westwood Road” under Republic Records. The Faim stole the show when vocalist Josh Raven got off the stage and sang songs while running around the venue and jumping in the crowd. Anyone in the crowd who did not know of them prior left with an incredible and energetic impression.
The crowd to artist interaction at this show was something I have not seen in a venue this size in a long time. Black kept referring to it as an “intimate show” and opened the floor up to questions between songs. Fans asked questions about things like previous project, Black Veil Brides to what his favorite song was, and some even asked for guitar pics and drum sticks (picture below).
Black performed a mix of songs from his first full length, The Shadow Side which came out in 2016 which equally performing new and anticipated songs off of his current 2019 release.
Black made reoccurring jokes throughout the night, one of which he stated “I’ve always said, a venue that is also a bowling alley always makes for a great show”. To which the crowd began asking if he would go bowling with them. He responded with, “Right now? I think that violates my contract and I won’t get paid, but I can tell you a personal story about how I got my appendix removed instead?”
The crowds energy stayed consistent throughout the night as Black performed his hits, and interacted more with the crowd. As expected the crowd chanted for an encore in which Black played two hits off of The Shadow Side, “Homecoming King” and “We Don’t Have to Dance”.
Be sure to check out the rest of the dates to see when he will be in your city, as well as photos from the show below!