Boston legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been carrying the ska/ punk torch for more than 30 years. While they band did take a brief hiatus for a few years, they continue to keep their tradition alive by delivering one hell of a live performance. The capacity crowd at the Fillmore last week here in San Francisco erupted into one giant dance floor when the Bosstones took to the stage sounding better than ever before.
Front man Dicky Barrett hasn’t lost one bit of his onstage swagger. He reminds me of a mashup of David Johansen and Morton Downy Jr; incredibly entertaining, very animated, one-of-a-kind vocals, combined with a personality of a brashness of talk show host. Coincidentally, Barrett is taking a break from his announcer duties on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as this is where this guy truly belongs, on stage riling up the crowd and expertly directing his eight piece ensemble.
Age hasn’t slowed down the snarky-ness of Barrett, who just turned 50. By the way and his friends and family put together an amazing must watch video of B-day wishes with appearances from John Stewart, Adam Carolla, Huey Lewis, Dee Snider, and of course a heartfelt b-day wish from Dicky’s parents.
One of the questions that always seem to come up at a Bosstones show is around the dancing guy on stage. So I pulled this from the FAQ section of the band’s official website.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH BEN, THE GUY THAT ONLY DANCES AND SINGS BACK GROUND VOCALS?
“Ben “The Bosstone” was a good friend/Roadie for the band. Like much of the band at the time, Ben was under age. One night the band was told by a club owner that Ben would have to leave since he wasn’t 21 and wasn’t in the band. Dicky insisted Ben was in the band and told Ben to get on stage and jump around so he wouldn’t be kicked out… Again, it just stuck!”
Behind the scenes Ben would eventually go on to do double duty as Tour Manager as well.
Regardless, the Bosstones put on an amazing show at the Fillmore and I highly recommend you put on your dancing shoes, borrow a plaid jacket from your hipster friend, and go see the band live. It’s very likely to be the best live shows you will see this year, and most definitely the highlight in the current trend of bands reuniting from the 90s.
Check out more photos from the show in the gallery.
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