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The Struts – The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – October

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The Struts - The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA - October 24, 2015 - Photos by Caroline Serling © 2015

The Struts – The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – October 24, 2015 – Photos by Caroline Serling © 2015


The Struts – The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – October 24, 2015


The Struts rocked the house Saturday night at the incredible new Foundry at the Fillmore Theater in Philadelphia.  While the venue was new, it felt like the entire audience was transported back in time to CBGB’s in the 1970’s once the headliners took the stage.  The venue was rather small and made for an intimate (but still very wild) performance.


To warm up the crowd, New Jersey based group, The Karma Killers took the stage.  They had a similar sound to the Struts, combining punk, rock, and new age.  They got the crowd on their feet early on and boosted everyone’s excitement for the headliners.


Then, the lights dimmed and a raspy British voice came on over the speakers.  This voice informed the audience that rockers usually just want fame, sex, and drugs.  But the rockers who were about to take the stage became rockers for one reason: “to rock!”


The band, known for their 70’s punk rock style, did not disappoint once they emerged from back stage.  Lead singer Luke Spiller appeared in a patterned button down shirt and a long furry vest with jewelry and eye makeup that could be seen from a mile away.

The Struts - The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA - October 24, 2015 - Photos by Maggie Mitchell © 2015

The Struts – The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – October 24, 2015 – Photos by Maggie Mitchell © 2015


They rocked the house with their single, “Everybody Wants and then transitioned into their big hit “Could Have Been Me.”  The whole concert was fast paced and fun.  Their style was different from anything I had ever seen before.  Spiller performed with a drink in his hand and walked through the audience getting everyone involved.  I felt like I was in 1977, definitely not 2015.


After several songs, Spiller ran off stage leaving the band to play him out.  He emerged a minute later in an outrageous shimmering black dress and immediately received the audience’s approval.  They then played songs from their EP Have You Heard including “Put Your Money on Me and “Kiss This.”

The Struts - The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA - October 24, 2015 - Photos by Caroline Serling © 2015

The Struts – The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – October 24, 2015 – Photos by Caroline Serling © 2015


The band then thanked the audience for welcoming them into their beautiful country and ran off, but the audience wasn’t ready for it to end.  “One more song” broke out as a chant throughout the audience, and after a couple minutes they were back on stage.  The Struts absolutely blew the audience away with their encore rendition of “Where Did She Go? Near the end of the song, Spiller pulled out a bottle of champagne and popped it on the audience.  It was the most fun I’ve had at a concert.


In the words of Luke Spiller, “remember the name The Struts!”


Caroline Serling


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Photos by Maggie Mitchell and Caroline Serling © 2015


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