Concert Review: The Pretty Reckless @ Starland Ballroom in New Jersey
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. Iâve loved the band since âJust Tonightâ 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 youâre 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 âsee you in the pit!â from Taylor, since I told them Iâd be gladly taking photos of them that night.
Their set started with âFollow Me Downâ off of 2014âs 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 werenât 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, âSweet Thingsâ, âHeaven Knowsâ, and âGoing to Hell.â As for the newer tracks, they sang songs like âOh My Godâ, âWho You Selling Forâ, âLiving in the Stormâ and âTake Me Downâ off of 2016âs 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
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