by Andrew Sacher

Brian Fallon at Crossroads - 12/2/15 (photo by Sean Sullivan)
Brian Fallon

The Gaslight Anthem are taking some time off and frontman Brian Fallon is releasing a solo album Painkillers on March 11 via Island. He just played with four intimate NJ shows at Crossroads, a secret/unannounced gig on 12/2 (photo above) followed by shows on 12/3, 12/4 and 12/5 that sold out well in advance. At those shows he debuted the album's song "Low Love," a ballad that would've fit nicely on Gaslight's last album Get Hurt. You can watch a high-quality live video below.

Today he put out the first studio song from the album, "A Wonderful Life." This one's more upbeat, a mid-tempo rocker with just a few hints of Springsteen's prime era. Listen below (via Wall Street Journal). He recorded it (and the rest of the album) with Mark Stepro on drums and Butch Walker on guitar/production.

Brian's going on a tour this winter, which hits NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall on January 19. That show's sold out.

UPDATE: Now Brian's announced even more dates through late April, including a larger NYC show on March 9 at Irving Plaza and a NJ show on March 12 at Starland Ballroom. Ticket info for NYC coming soon and tickets for NJ go on sale Thursday (12/17) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with the new songs, below...

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Brian Fallon -- 2016 Tour Dates
JANUARY
7 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
8 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater
9 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino ­ Fox Theater
10 - Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live ­ Wilmington
12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
13 - Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar
15 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
16 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
17 - Nashville, TN - City Winery
19 - New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall

FEBRUARY
11 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
12 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's
13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium
16 - W. Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
17 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory OC
18 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
19 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall

MARCH
8 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
9 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
11 - Boston, MA - Royale
12 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
13 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
18 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
19 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
20 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
22 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
23 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
25 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
26 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues

APRIL
5 - Manchester, EN - Ritz
6 - Glasgow, SC - O2 ABC
7 - Birmingham, EN - O2 Institute
8 - London, EN - Camden KOKO
9 - Nottingham, EN - Rock City
10 - Bristol, EN - O2 Academy
12 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
13 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
14 - Berlin, DE - PBHF Club
15 - Munich, DE - Muffathalle
17 - Vienna, AY - Arena
19 - Köln, DE - Gloria Theater
20 - Hamburg, DE - Fabrik

1/7-1/17 w/Special Guest CORY BRANAN
2/11-2/19 w/Special Guest JONNY TWO BAGS