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Show Review: Frnkiero and the Cellabration live at The Stone Pony 12.28.14

Ever since the release of Frnkiero andthe Cellabration’s debut album Stomachaches, I’ve been eager for the opportunity to hear the new material as it was meant to be heard – loud and raw and deep in the pit of my stomach. I was not disappointed.

Asbury Park’s legendary venue, The Stone Pony, was the perfect backdrop. Opening up at The Bouncing Souls’ yearly punk-rock holiday bash, Home for the Holidays, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration took the stage early in the evening to the roar of screaming fans who’d braved the December coastal air for hours while the line wrapped around the venue. There was no shortage of My Chemical Romance t-shirts, or makeup and outfits reminiscent of the Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge era, but Iero’s latest offering is a standout project that does not deserve to be fettered to his former band’s previous works. Stomachaches is a remarkable solo album, composed and recorded in full by Iero in his home studio, although live is where it truly shines.

Those familiar with Iero’s fiery presence throughout his long career as guitarist for MCR will not be disappointed. The newly-appointed frontman plays center-stage now, full passion on display with his hardcore, give-all attitude. Iero kick-started the evening with crowd pleasers “All I Want Is Nothing,” “Blood Infections,” “Joyriding” and “Weighted.” 30 minutes was honestly just long enough to get a small taste, but hardly enough to really savor what the band has to offer. Despite Iero’s claims that he never meant to be in the spotlight, he dishes out the perfect combination of humbleness, charisma and talent that keeps the audience grasping for more.

Lucky for eager fans everywhere, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration have announced their first headlining tour. See below for dates.

Check out our photo gallery from the show here.

02/14 – Mexico City, MX @ La Sala
02/18 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
02/19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs
02/20 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
02/21 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
02/24 – Montreal, QC @ Le Ritz PBD
02/25 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
02/26 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
02/27 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
02/28 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
03/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
03/04 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
03/05 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
03/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Gallery
03/07 – Boise, ID @ Shredder
03/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/13 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
03/14 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
03/16 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
03/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
03/25 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/26 – Tallahassee, FL @ Pug’s Live
03/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
03/28 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
03/30 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
03/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
04/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
04/02 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

For more info, visit frank-iero.com


About Ana Santos

Photographer, explorer, music lover, writer, coffee addict and slave to three cats.

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