On Friday night The Paper Jets celebrated the release of their excellent LP Everyday Forever with a show at Asbury Lanes. The night was both passionate and poignant. Passionate as the Jets played with an energy that I had not seen them reach before. Every time I had seen them play in the past they have always put on a top notch show but they turned it up to 11 on this night in Asbury Park. Poignant as this may have been the last show the band will ever play—a Farewell Show if you will. Doubly poignant as the band was even joined by former original members Bill Lambusta and Kristen Leu for a few tunes.
The band’s support for the evening were obviously just as thrilled to be there and share in this special show. Dave Mooney started the show off with his unique blend of pop and blues, multiple Asbury Park Award nominee Tara Dente and her band The Blind Pilots impressed the crowd with a stirring set of folk alternative, and the always entertaining We’re Ghosts Now out of Freehold had the crowd singing along with almost every song. Closer Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son are one of the hardest working bands in New Jersey. It’s no wonder they were the local pick to open for Bon Jovi earlier this year at the Prudential Center in Newark.
If indeed The Paper Jets have played their last show then guitarist/vocalist Brian Erickson, lead guitarist Mike Virok, bassist Scott Austin Miller and drummer Frank Lettieri Jr. can take comfort knowing that they not only played one of their best shows ever but did so on the same day they released one of the best albums of 2018.
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