Finally!!! After a year of the world turning topsy turvy, The Struts have once again returned to their adopted American city of Philadelphia. Adding to the growing list of venues the band have played in the city, The Mann center can be added to the list. It was a perfect day for Luke Spiller, Adam Slack, Jed Elliott, and Gethin Davies of The Struts to roll into the hilly green pastures of Fairmont Park bringing their Strange Days Are Over tour.
It had been just over a year since the City of Brotherly Love had the opportunity to experience live music from The Struts. At that time, it was at the Live-In Drive-In event. A first for Philly and what was needed to keep the pandemic musical recovery going at the time. At the show, we were fortunate enough to get early glimpses of songs from their new album Strange Days. This time around we were celebrating the victory of live music (sort of).
Of course, it’s a concertize group effort made by everyone to make this and other shows possible. Mask mandates were just put back in place, and the Meet & Greet added a prevention apparatus to minimize any chances for the band and fans. Based on the long line I saw for the meet & greet, I don’t think it deterred anyone from enjoying their moments with the band.
A Struts show is a musical track & field event. The starting pistol provided by Adam, Jed and Geth which brings Luke out and the race begins. The performance is a high energy, crowd participating sweaty experience, and based on the smiles, something they wouldn’t trade for anything. Much of the rail is filled with Strutters, a group of fans whose dedication is off the charts. So, the nightly workouts for them is the norm as Luke becomes a maestro supplying top level showmanship which envelopes you and takes you away for ninety minutes. The set was different than previous shows I’ve attended. It included many songs from the new album Strange Days, but also included a medley which hit many of the fan favorites. When the band took their final bow, the Struts’ fan’s spiritual soul was replenished with much needed great live music from Philadelphia’s adopted band.
The tour continues through November, and is currently ending in Tempe, Arizona. For more info on music, tour dates, and merchandise click HERE!!
Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman