This past Saturday, February 25, The Benevento/Russo Duo and WOLF! played at the Brooklyn Bowl as a part of the Freaks Ball XVII. The show was The Duo’s first official show in the states in 7 years, although they played a last minute warm-up show for Jamcruise at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. Both bands have strong ties to the Freaks Ball as Joe Russo has played in 14 of them, but Scott Metzger of WOLF! has him beat with 15 appearances himself. The show sold out in 30 seconds, extras were expensive or scarce, and although the venue was packed, it was full of people who wanted to be there.
WOLF! played a great opening set, they let the energy build up as Scott Metzger shredded throughout the whole set. The Benevento/Russo Duo slid back into their catalog like a worn glove. They crushed all the classics, the peak of the night came during the “Becky” and “Scratchitti” section. They paired two of their most loved, high-energy songs together and the crowd at the Brooklyn Bowl was losing it. Though they’ve played together throughout the years in different bands and line-ups, it’s hard to deny the chemistry and connection those two old friends have when it’s just them on stage together making music. The Duo has no other shows scheduled for this year, but I think it’s safe to say that they will be back again soon.
Setlist: Best Reason To Buy The Sun, Sunny’s Song, 9X9, Soba, Powder, Walking, Running, Viking, Welcome Red, Becky, Scratchitti > Something For Rockets, Hate Frame, My Pet Goat
Encore: Play, Pause, Stop