On July 14, 2017, a line forms at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, wrapping around the block with an intense buzz of energy. The line is made up of mostly people dressed in black or white, while their hair provides the queue with accents of vibrant colors.
As 7:30 PM rolls around, the concert venue’s doors open and the line starts filling in the venue as the Frank Iero and the Patience and The Homeless Gospel Choir start the east coast portion of their tour.
The line’s buzz of energy grows as it transforms into a mass of people on The Sinclair’s main hall. People are looking to each other to see if they know the first act, The Homeless Gospel Choir. It seems about half the audience knows him from the previous time Frank Iero took Derek Zanetti, the man behind THGC, out on tour. Everyone, new and old, is in for a 45 minute set filled with laughs and chuckles. Zanetti takes the stage adorning a floral sweater that matches the stage scrims laid over his speakers. He starts almost every song by telling the crowd “This is a protest song,” and about half way through the set there are whispers among the viewers joking that every song is “a protest song.” The set brought nothing but cheers from the crowd, from Zanetti talking about how punk rock saved his life, to a story from his past about his friend giving him Green Day’s Dookie album, to talks of being kind to those who can never repay you, to songs of protest about modern society, politics, and being a social outcast.
In between The Homeless Gospel Choir’s set and Frank Iero and the Patience’s headlining set, there’s a murmur among the crowd as fans tell each other about their first time seeing Frank Iero – from stories of seeing him with his iconic band, My Chemical Romance, to when he called his band “the Celebration,” to some crowd member’s first time seeing Iero being that very night. As the first song, “World Destroyer,” begins, the stage is still dark and there’s a major push among the crowd, as everyone tries to be as close to the stage to see Iero and company as possible. When the song really kicks in, the stage fills with colorful lights, matching the audience’s many hair colors. A mosh pit breaks out almost instantaneously, and keeps its energy through the band’s entire set, never slowing. During a guitar change, Iero asks the crowd if they’re smart, following by saying “I think you’re smart, because you’re all at this fuckin’ show!” The crowd roars in applause. With the very first guitar strum or drumbeat of any song on the 16-song setlist, the crowd goes crazy in cheers, already well-aware of what song is about to be played.
Between songs Iero explains how the band had just finished another tour and were heading home when they got offered to play this current tour, which he said they had said to themselves “Aw man, we wanna play these shows” and couldn’t pass up the opportunity, so they were using what Iero described as their “other” gear and instruments for the run of shows. Before playing “They Wanted Darkness,” Iero tells the crowd it’s “a song we don’t play very often, but I felt appropriate for tonight.” Even if the band doesn’t play the song live very often, the audience still knew every single word as they sang along.
Mid-set, Iero tells a story about an earlier day in his life, as he was looking for a record store and went into a store with “vinyl” in its name, only to find it was actually a hipster eatery. Later in the day, when he got hungry, he entered “Uncle Tony’s Donut Shoppe,” only to find record store. Thus, coming to the conclusion it was cool for kids nowadays to call things stuff they’re not, like a record store a “donut shoppe” and vice versa. It’s then brought to his attention, the irony of his band being called “the Patience,” while he has no patience. I think he’s safe though, as his band is “Frank Iero and the Patience,” insinuating that “the Patience” is not a part of him, it must be added on with the addition of his other bandmates.
As the set comes to a close on “Joyriding,” the crowd is at its loudest, singing with more heart and more passion than ever before, Iero welcoming every single note of it. As the band leaves the stage following the song, the crowd kicks in a fast-paced encore chant, which transforms into a chant for the hit song, “Oceans.” Iero takes note, sassing the audience “Oh man, you guys are calling the shots. ‘We want you to play more, but this one.’ Well, fuck you, we’re playing two!” As it’s just Iero on the stage, no band, he tells the crowd how growing up he just wanted to play music and make art and they couldn’t do that until people, like those in the audience, “gave a fuck.” Soon after, the band joins Iero as “Miss Me” picks up and crowd surfers are lifted all the way to the stage, at Iero’s encouragement. The band closed out, with the crowd-pleasing “Oceans.” The whole night left not a single person in attendance without a huge smile sprawled across their face.
Show date: July 14, 2017
The Homeless Gospel Choir
Frank Iero and the Patience
THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR
FRANK IERO AND THE PATIENCE
Review and photos by Shane Haley