PHOTOS: YUNGBLUD, The Regrettes in Boston, MA (07.16.23)
Our first encounter with YUNGBLUD was in 2018, when the then 21-year-old Brit played at the now shuttered Great Scott on the same evening as Game 1 of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park. At the time, YUNGBLUD, who’s given name is Dominic Harrison, had recently sustained a broken leg during a performance but was determined to carry on with his tour so he performed wheelchair bound with an air-cast.
It didn’t take long for us to see his potential, so last year when he announced his latest stop in New England would be at the 5,000 capacity MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston we weren’t the least bit surprised. Coincidentally, Sunday’s local visit also featured Harrison performing with a leg injury, this time a slightly less serious, but still enough to keep his jumping limited. Such are the perils of such an invigorating live performance as the one Harrison puts on. He’s relatively peerless when it comes to the amount of energy he exudes during a 90-minute set. Simply getting a picture of him standing still is a challenge that I can personally attest to.
Harrison’s organic rise from barrooms to 5k cap theaters has followed the trajectory of his albums, his latest, a self-titled record released in September 2022 debuted at No.1 in at least six countries and No.45 here in the US, his highest charting record to date. A string of non-album singles and features have also exposed Dom to some other audiences outside of his usual fan base.
That loyal fanbase, known as the Black Hearts Club, are the main reason for Harrison’s success. Many of them camped out for hours, in pouring rain for the chance at a barricade spot. Some of the fans who turned out for the show were under 10 years old, a testament to how wide reaching his music and message are. YUNGBLUD continues to grow with each album and each tour, and all you need to do is see him live once to know why.
We were in attendance for Sunday night’s show, check out our photos below, including support act The Regrettes.