Concert Review: The Pretty Reckless @ Starland Ballroom in New Jersey

certified Strife expert badge
9 mins read


​No matter what, The Pretty Reckless (Taylor Momsen, Mark Damon, Ben Phillips, and Jamie Perkins) never fail to make their fans proud. With this being the last date of their tour in support of Who You Selling For due to rescheduling, the band still made it out to Starland Ballroom in New Jersey on November 10th, for all the people who originally purchased a ticket for the show in May. They could have easily just canceled the show, but no, they continued to do what they do best. Spread love and positive energy through the power of rock n roll.

With fans waiting outside in 30 degree weather (including myself, with many there before I even got there) to get into the show, I can say it was definitely worth it. I was lucky enough to meet the band backstage that day before their set. I’ve loved the band since “Just Tonight” was released in 2010, but this was my first time ever getting to see them in person. Each of them were extremely nice, smiling the whole time and were super welcoming. Sometimes when you meet an artist you feel like you’re just a number, but not with The Pretty Reckless.

As soon as I walked up to them, Taylor said she loved my aqua hair, Mark, Jamie, and Ben said hi with smiles on their faces, showing that they were happy to see me. We then took a photo, I got a chance to say a little something which ended up in the band saying Happy Birthday to me, (since it was my 24th birthday) and a “see you in the pit!” from Taylor, since I told them I’d be gladly taking photos of them that night.

Their set started with “Follow Me Down” off of 2014’s Going to Hell. Being the badass that Taylor is, someone yelled something out and she gave them the middle finger. Not many could see it since the stunning lights weren’t up yet, but whatever the person said, I applaud her for her reaction. Because "if" it was a stupid comment, she stood up for herself and enjoyed the rest of her night, as she should. With a 13 song setlist, Taylor performed each song live and raw with the band. Just how rock n roll should be done.

The set featured a mix of old and new songs, with classics such as, “Sweet Things”, “Heaven Knows”, and “Going to Hell.” As for the newer tracks
, they sang songs like “Oh My God”, “Who You Selling For”, “Living in the Storm” and “Take Me Down” off of 2016’s Who You Selling For.

Just when you thought the set was over, The Pretty Reckless came out for one last song, "Fucked Up World." Midway during the song, Taylor, Mark, and Ben left the stage leaving Jamie to show off his skills during a drum solo, and then the band came back out to complete the show.

When the show finished, fans up front waited to collect some memories from the night. The stage crew handed out some of the setlists off the floor along with some guitar picks. I happened to get one of the guitar picks which featured the band's name in white font on one side of the black pick, and their logo in white on the other side. For the lucky people who were waiting around, Mark also came out from backstage to sign things for fans and take some photos, which was super awesome of him!

Most artists don't come out until they're leaving to get into their tour bus outside, but he was kind enough to do this indoors, which proves just how much The Pretty Reckless truly adore their fans. Seeing the look of excitement on one woman's face as she walked up to Mark was absolutely priceless. You can tell her day had been made.

The band's kindness and talent made for an extremely wonderful birthday that I'll always remember. If The Pretty Reckless comes back on tour anywhere near me, you know I'll be there.

Review and photos by Melanie Gomez
Credit is required to post these photos.

Check out some of the photos from the night below:​
(0 reviews)
Share this article

Related articles

Show more

Popular articles

Show more


Musicians & singers
Abigail Milmon
Abigail Milmon
$ 0.08 PM
I'm the ONE who goes to every concert I can.
show profile
Washington County ,  United States
Languages: English
'Strife' badge for Abigail Milmon
concert photography concert reviews concerts concert photographer quality concepts for music videos concepts for artist artwork singer photography concert artist management writing social media music test
Abigail will be available in 6 hours 39 mins
Call anyway
Natalie R
Natalie R
$ 0.08 PM
I'm the ONE who is always there to share an enthusiasm for music and living in the moment.
show profile
Music-based Writer
Monroe County ,  United States
Languages: English
'Strife' badge for Natalie R
guitar basics music reviews music strife photography design writing artist graphic design musicjournalism art photo editing journalist
Natalie is available now
Call me
Sarah  Smiles
Sarah Smiles
$ 0.08 PM
I'm the ONE who's passionate about music, writing, and dance.
show profile
Student and Writer
Duval County ,  United States
Languages: English, Korean
'Strife' badge for Sarah  Smiles
music concert reviews concerts music reviews lyric interpretations writing music strife concert reviews concerts bands lyrics album review themes articles
Sarah will be available in 19 hours 9 mins
Call anyway
Harrie van der Lubbe
Harrie van der Lubbe
I'm the ONE that might be able to help you If you have difficult technical questions
show profile
Creative Developer
Tangerang ,  Indonesia
Languages: German, English, Indonesian, Dutch, Thai
'TheONE' badge for Harrie van der Lubbe
singing classical choir video calls messaging agents p2p platform jakarta karawaci cmas dutch english bitterballen homebrewing stoofvlees
Harrie is available now
Call anyway
Soumyadeep  Dutta
Soumyadeep Dutta
$ 1.10 PM
I'm the ONE I'm the one who can guide you out of your issues
show profile
Assistant professor
Montgomery County ,  United States
Languages: English, Hindi
classical keyboard synthesizer classical music classical singing networking datacenter operations server operations basuc computer troubleshooting electronics devices mumbai india surat gujarat diamond
Soumyadeep will be available in 38 mins
Call anyway