Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama hosted They Might Be Giants and a large crowd on January 30th, but that was not the original plan for the show. Saturn Birmingham was slated to host the performance, but a fire broke out at the venue the night before They Might Giants were slated to take the stage. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but a change in venue was required. The fine folks at Iron City stepped up to the plate to help to make sure the show went on without any more hitches.
John Flansburgh, John Linnell, and the rest of They Might Be Giants did their best to take everyone's minds off the fire and change in venue with a highly entertaining show that featured two full sets. Flansburgh and Linnell immediately established a rapport with the audience with a great deal of banter, which served as a fine compliment to the fun and off kilter style of music. Fans of the band, young and old, enjoyed, as the band stated, a musical survey of the 20 albums that had been released over the years. From a visual perspective, the production was just as fun and lively. It turned out to be an aces show to photograph.
On a personal note, I'd like to thank everyone at Iron City for taking on this show and making sure it took place. Anyone who visits this site knows Saturn Birmingham is the main venue where I photograph, but it is much more than that to me. It's a home away from home, and the people who work hard to make that place operate are dear friends of mine. It was wonderful to see the great staff at Iron City step up and help out Saturn after the damage they suffered due to the fire.
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