Photos + Review: Butch Walker at TLA (Philadelphia, PA)

Butch Walker (Cartersville, GA)
April 28th, 2015
TLA in Philadelphia, PA

Butch Walker just started a full U.S. tour to support his new album, Afraid of Ghosts but more importantly, to honor his father Big Butch who had recently passed away.  His entire set consisted of songs that were either some of his father’s favorites or were written about his father, which is part of what makes this tour so special.  It’s just Butch with his piano and guitars, pouring his heart out.  Butch started the show on the piano, playing heart-breakers like “Afraid of Ghosts,” “Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought of You,” and “ATL,” and gradually started playing some more up-beat hits like “Weight of Her” and “Summer of ’89.” One of the highlights of the night was when Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem came out to help sing “21+.” It was an unexpected, yet really great surprise.  Butch later came out with an encore completely dedicated to his father, which was only fitting.  He ended the night with what is in my opinion one of the greatest songs he’s ever written, “Father’s Day.”  As the song went on, it became more and more difficult to hold back the tears, for both the fans and Butch, and it was by far one of the most emotional, powerful performances I’ve ever seen. He has this amazing quality of making you feel like you’re the only two people in the room.  I’ve been a fan of Butch Walker since I was in middle school and have consistently seen him release one great album after the next and play one great show after another, but I think this show was incomparable – it was just that good. The On Your Mark, Get Set, Sad tour has just begun so I would strongly recommend heading out to a show in your city if you can!

 

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