AS TALL AS LIONS @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM
Photos and words by Scott Sheff
As the year comes to an end, so does the band known as As Tall As Lions, playing their last two shows ever in Los Angeles before sold-out crowds at The Teragram Ballroom. It was a bittersweet final night that doubled as a reunion and farewell tour, bringing some fans to tears, while others — some who traveled from across the country — were overjoyed just see their favorite band one last time. The group will play its final two shows back in their hometown of New York.
Throughout the night, lead singer/guitarist Dan Nigro encouraged the crowd to sing along, and most obliged, even if a bit off-key. But on stage, the group sounded pitch-perfect and tight from start to finish despite a five-year hiatus from playing together.
But the evening wasn’t filled with sentimental memories or heartfelt reflections, but rather focused solely on the music. ATAL kicked off the night by playing their self-titled album in its entirety before taking a brief break to come back on stage for a double encore. The last song of the night – “In Case of Rapture” – begins with the lyrics “Hang down your head; There’s nothing that remains.” Poignant words for a band’s last song, but not true to the group’s demeanor.
With the band still jamming out the last licks, Nigro walked off stage with his head held high and a big smile on his face and these final words: “You guys have a good night.”
And with that, one chapter ends for the band and its fans, but the memories will live on forever. Even in the rapture.
Song for Luna
A Break a Pause
Love, Love, Love
Ghost of York
Milk and Honey
Be Here Now
I’m Kicking Myself
Where Do I Stand?
Maybe I’m Just Tired
A Soft Hum
Into the Flood
Lost My Mind
Go Easy (See the Love)
In Case of Rapture