Twenty-four years have passed since Bash & Pop released their first album, Friday Night Is Killing Me. Now, that the pop/rock and alternative unit has reformed, they are on their first national U.S. tour in 20 years, and back in January, they released their second LP, Anything Can Happen. Time has proved to be just an illusion for the band’s loyal fans who came out in droves and packed The Troubadour in Hollywood on Tuesday night March 7th. The devoted throng filled every inch of space between the bar area all the way down to the front of the stage.
Bash & Pop, fronted by singer/songwriter and guitarist Tommy Stinson (The Replacements and Guns N Roses) along with guitarist and vocalist Steve Selvidge (Hold Steady) bassist and vocalist Justin Perkins (Screaming Weasel) and drummer and vocalist Joe Sirois (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) performed for the excited, animated audience, a generous, varied, raw, raucous and extensive set of songs. The hour-plus show included some cover material, older tracks from Friday Night Is Killing Me, new material from Anything Can Happen and punctuated in part by Stinson’s solo work featuring cuts from Village Gorilla Head, and One Man Mutiny.
Though clad in shiny matching pinstripe suits, the band didn’t let being well dressed get in the way of delivering a passionate, sweat-soaked performance. The raspy-voiced Tommy Stinson is a seasoned musician and commanding frontman. Stinson occasionally regaled the crowd with off-cuff musings about his life, career and political point-of-view. The eager concertgoers ate up the smirking, facetious and sometimes personally revealing repartee.
Bash & Pop continues to garner huge audience attention and interest based on this being a sold-out show. The band has some memorable songs, tight musical chops and a solid stage show that continues to make them an enduring force on the music scene. It was a triumphant return for Tommy Stinson who said he considered Los Angeles his second home.
Fast and Hard | Not This Time | Rip This Joint | Makes Me Happy | Bad News | Breathing Room | You’re My Favorite Waste of Time | The Kids Are Alright | Tiny Pieces | Anybody Else | Zero to Stupid | Anytime Soon | Come To Hide | Midnight Rambler | Moment Too Soon | He Means It | Unfuck You | It’s a Drag | Anything Can | Happen | Motivation | Nothin | Light of Day | Aim To Please | Friday Night is Killing Me | End As Usual