New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate. One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years. We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres. Every Monday will feature a story about music. We're starting off with New Jersey Stage's first interview of Brian Fallon who had just released his first solo album following many years as lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem.
The interview was published March 22, 2016 and is available here. Brian talks about how he pitched the idea of a solo record to his label; his various side projects over the years; how Gaslight Anthem songs reflected the best and worst of New Jersey; if he thought Gaslight Anthem will ever return; and how he deals with comparisons of his music to Bruce Springsteen.
Bob Makin would interview Brian Fallon in his Makin Waves column two years later following the release of his second solo album, Sleepwalkers.
On Tuesday, we will take a look at one of our favorite stories involving theatre.