Less than a year ago Frank Iero took to the stage of The Barfly for his first UK headline show with The Cellabration. It was fraught with brilliance but there was a sense that the whole thing could collapse at any minute. It’s the same for the ramshackle charm of ‘Stomachaches’ and even their name looks temporary. But today at Reading Festival, Frank Iero’s set feels like the beginning of something permanent.
From the front to the back, Frank Iero is a commanding ringmaster. Vocal in his wants, everything sounds fuller, more together and wrapped with steely determination. Months of exploration has found the band shoulder to shoulder, in sync. Frank Iero’s history is entwined with the festival but today feels part a glorious new chapter.