Review: Flogging Molly play rousing show at Fillmore after releasing 'Life Is Good'
Tracy Heck

Saturday night was an evening of partying for Celtic rock band Flogging Molly at The Fillmore Detroit. The band, which is fronted by vocalist Dave King and his wife, Detroit-native Bridget Regan, released their first album in six years on Friday called Life Is Good. The album features their popular single "The Hand of John L. Sullivan."

Saturday's show was an album release party of sorts and a homecoming show for not only King and Regan, who reside part-time in the area, but also for Detroit-native, drummer Mike Alonso.

The show was opened by Dylan Walshe, whose mix of folk and blues helped kick the evening off and get the crowd warmed up before The White Buffalo hit the stage.

The band, which is fronted by Jake Smith, played an impressive set that mixed in a bit of blues, folk and rock with his signature country-flavored sound. Smith's wide vocal range and his use of whistling throughout the set brought a different feel to the show and certainly impressed those who hadn't seen the band before.

It's been twenty years since Flogging Molly formed and the band did a great job of hitting on all aspects of their back catalogue during Saturday's set. Songs from all of their albums including some rarities went hand in hand with some of the band's newer material.

The band kicked things off with their latest single "The Hand of John L. Sullivan" and kept things moving with the frenetic "Swagger" to the delight of the packed crowd.

As the evening moved on, crowd favorites like "If I Ever Leave This World Alive," "Devil's Dance Floor," "Tobacco Island" and "Float" kept things rolling.

King kept a running commentary with the crowd throughout the evening and made sure every one of the band's seven members had their moment in the spotlight.

Set highlights included a fantastic version of "Saints and Sinners', new track "Reptiles (We Woke Up)" and the rarely played "Laura".

Flogging Molly closed things out with their popular "Seven Deadly Sins" before returning for an encore of new track "Crushed (Hostile Nation)" and "Salty Dog" before exiting the stage to the tune of "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life."