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Top 5 album debut was "just crazy" for Gaslight Anthem

For Journal Register Newspapers

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New Jersey's Gaslight Anthem has been enjoying a slow, steady ascent -- with a little help from Bruce Springsteen, an outspoken fan who's appeared with the band and had frontman Brian Fallon guest with him, too.

But having its fourth and latest album, "Handwritten," debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 was "just crazy," according to drummer Benny Horowitz.

"Honestly, even four years ago if you told me that was going to happen I would have told you to go (away)," Horowitz, 32, says with a laugh. "Y'know, when I was a kid my mom, who's an old rock 'n' roll collector, had this old copy of the Billboard chart and at No. 1 is 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' by Queen, and it's signed by Freddie Mercury. It's just this great piece of memorabilia.

"But it got me thinking about how wild it might be if, like 25 years from now, on somebody's wall is the Billboard chart that has our album at No.3. It might never happen, but it's so cool to think about."

The quartet has just hit the road for some extensive 2013 touring that will take the band around the world, continuing to promote "Handwritten." But Horowitz -- who recently co-wrote and co-directed a short film treatment of the album's title track -- says that Gaslight Anthem is already thinking about what's next.

"The cool thing about doing all these headlining shows is we have plenty of time to sound check," he explains. "Once we're a week into the tour, playing these song a lot, usually we just start writing songs instead of playing the stuff we're doing every night.

"We already wrote a coupel of songs while we were at home, and we have a fairly short attention span. We don't rest on the laurels of the record we just did. We just have a natural inclination to move forward and think about what's next, so that's what we'll be doing the rest of this year, touring and writing new stuff."

Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls and Corey Branan perform Sunday, March 3, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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