It’s no surprise that “6th Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight,” the biggest hits to come from the Wallflowers’ 1996 set “Bringing Down The Horse,” are in regular rotation countrywide on classic rock stations today.
Modern rock smashes in their day, both “Heartache” and “Headlight” had more in common with past classic rock favorites than they did with the post-alternative, Hootie-heavy rock/pop trends of the time. Not to take away from the still-impressive songcraft of Wallflowers leader Jakob Dylan, but the two hits lean heavily on a pair of his dad’s old running mates; think George Harrison on vocals and slide guitar on “Heartache,” and sub the `Flowers with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for “Headlight.”
For many casual music fans, the “Bob’s son” novelty wore out with Dylan and Co. with subsequent sets, 2000’s “Breach,” 2002’s “Red Letter Days” and 2005’s “Rebel, Sweetheart.” Yet those who saw past the hype were treated to some mighty sturdy songsmithing on the part of Dylan and, both in the studio and live, one heck of a band.
Dylan put the Wallflowers on the backburner following the “Rebel” tour, save for a 2009 tour, and released a pair of solo sets – 2008’s “Sweet Things” and 2010’s “Women + Country,” which bore little resemblance to his home band’s output. This year, he put the band back to work with their first album in seven years, “Glad All Over,” which came out Oct. 9.
Where the classic rock likes of Harrison and Petty could be arguably heard on “Horse,” the spirited “Glad,” most notably first single “Reboot the Mission,” finds him tipping his hat to The Clash. The punk godfathers’ guitarist, Mick Jones, plays on “Mission” and Dylan name-checks Jones’ late, great partner in crime Joe Strummer as well in what is certainly one the finest songs to come out of the Wallflowers camp.
The Wallflowers, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Park West, 322 W. Armitage., Chicago. $30 (18 and older show). FYI: (773) 929-1322, JAMUSA.COM
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Sufjan Stevens, Dec. 15, Metro (18 and older, METROCHICAGO.COM)
Muse, March 4, United Center (UNITEDCENTER.COM)
Robert Randolph Family Band, Karl Dennison’s Tiny Universe, Dec. 31, Riviera Theatre (18 and older, JAMUSA.COM)
Kids These Days, Nov. 24, Vic Theatre (JAMUSA.COM)
Lynyrd Skynyrd, March 15, Congress Theater (CONGRESSCHICAGO.COM)
Gaelic Storm, March 15-16, House of Blues (17 and older, HOB.COM)
Daughtry, 3 Doors Down, Dec. 9, Akoo Theatre (ROSEMONTTHEATRE.COM
Steel Panther, Dec. 21, House of Blues (HOB.COM)
The Babies, Nov. 18, Schubas (21 and older, SCHUBAS.COM)
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