PICS: Flogging Molly at the Observatory North Park

Just in time for a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration, Flogging Molly brought the house down at the Observatory North Park on Wednesday, March 14.

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The seven-piece Irish-American group performed a sold-out show for a crowd of devoted fans.
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The band is highly influenced by Irish culture, especially the Pogues and writer James Joyce. They also mention Johnny Cash and the Clash as huge influences.
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The group consists of Dave King, Bridget Regan, Dennis Casey, Nathen Maxwell, Bob Schmidt, Mike Alonso, and Matt Hensley.
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Fun fact: Hensley, the band's accordion player (pictured right), is a former pro skater and has deep roots in San Diego's North County area. He used to own a Carlsbad pub/venue called Hensley's Flying Elephant.
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Flogging Molly got their start in 1993 by routinely playing at the pub Molly Malone's up the road in LA.
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In case you hadn't guessed it, Molly Malone's is where the band's name comes from, naturally. The group wanted to show their appreciation for the bar that supported them from the very beginning.
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In an interview, they claimed: "We used to play there every Monday night and we felt like we were flogging it to death, so we called the band Flogging Molly."
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The group currently boasts a catalog of six studio albums with their latest record, "Life Is Good," releasing last year.
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You can hear Flogging Molly's cover of "The Times They Are A-Changin" on the Bob Dylan tribute album, "Chimes of Freedom."
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During their March 14 show, the band entered the stage to the Who's "Baba O'Riley" and exited to Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
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Their set list included the following songs: "The Hand of John L. Sullivan," "Swagger," "Selfish Man," "Drunken Lullabies," "The Days We've Yet to Meet," "Requiem for a Dying Song," "Saints & Sinners," "Life in a Tenement Square," "Float" ...
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Followed by "Black Friday Rule," "Life Is Good," "Rebels of the Sacred Heart," "Devil's Dance Flooro," "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" ...
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And finishing with "What's Left of the Flag" and "Salty Dog." The band then played an encore consisting of "Crushed (Hostile Nations)" into "We Will Rock You" and "Seven Deadly Sins."
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