AWOLNATION at The Fillmore: A Photo Recap

Photography by Michael Mauger

Tuesday night in Philadelphia was a rainy one. Hell, the entire day was dreary, wet, cold, nasty and just generally miserable. But, the weather was no match for raucous Philadelphia AWOLNATION fans – especially for a Tuesday night which saw yet another sell-out at the new Fillmore here in town.

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When the new Fillmore released its first batch of shows several months back, many in the area had Tuesday night circled on their calendar. AWOLNATION has been on a steady rise since the release of their debut album in 2011, and Tuesday night proved exactly why. Fronted by Aaron Bruno (who, coincidentally celebrated his birthday Wednesday), the band’s live performance is the prime example of how sometimes a partnership with corporate America isn’t such a bad thing for a gritty rock and roll band.

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The band started off as essentially a partnership with Bruno and the small mom-and-pop energy drink company Red Bull. You may have heard of it. The partnership began over five years ago and has given Bruno plenty of creative leeway to make the best music he can, while providing the financial backing to put on high quality sound and lighting productions as evident at their Fillmore performance.

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The end result is gritty alternative rock and roll with a smidgen of studio pop that gives the songs the hooks they need to get the premium radio time they deserve. And, it works. AWOLNATION has been a favorite of Radio 104.5 listeners since the 2011 debut that saw “All I Need,” “Not Your Fault,” and “Kill Your Heroes” blow up the airwaves. Since then, the band has performed at huge festivals like Made In America and Radio 104.5’s Birthday Show at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
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Tuesday night’s high energy performance closed out the band’s Run Tour in support of their latest album of the same name, and took the audience on a rollercoaster through their catalog including favorites like “Sail,” “Burn it Down,” and “All I Need.” The band returns to the road in December to play a slew of holiday radio shows, and they’ll be back on the road again in early 2016 for a tour with Fall Out Boy.

Check out the full photo gallery of the show below. And thanks to Red Bull Records for the hook up!

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