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The Walkmen served a spaghetti dinner, covered Bob Seger at Union Transfer (photos, review, setlist)

You’ve got to hand it to The Walkmen – truly they are men of their word. When they announced back in November that they would atone for their cancelled Electric Factory show with a new date at Union Transfer in January – and a pre-concert spaghetti dinner for their Philly fans – it seemed like a farce. But there we were, waiting in line while the perpetually suit-and-tie clad rockers and their friends served up dinner.

Some hundred and fifty people turned out for the pre-concert meal (we’ll have a review of the concert itself tomorrow) and, to their credit, The Walkmen did an admirable job recreating the Italian restaurant vibe of Union Transfer’s previous Spaghetti Warehouse incarnation. Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” was piping through the speakers upon arrival at 5. Later, the playlist moved on to Dean Martin: “Mambo Italiano,” “Sway” and “That’s Amore.” Continue reading →