FOH Photo’s “Shit that made 2016 tolerable” Post – part I

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to increase my wordiness. I don’t enjoy writing, especially about live music. There is no way I can properly convey the sheer energy, enjoyment or spectacle with my verbage. First of all, I have no business critiquing any live performance. However I do want to share my enthusiasm in some way.That’s why I take photos. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s what this whole FOH deal is about!

I didn’t do a count of all the shows I covered this year, but there was alot. My travels took me to the deep south in Tennessee to our beautifully bland nation’s capital, brought to life by the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and remaining two Monkees! Between the clubs, arenas, theatres, main stages, tents and radio stations, I’ve been everywhere, man.

As i stated above, I do not like the written description of live music. I will probably cut and paste this whole preamble across the 4-post recap. The photos chosen represent some of my favourite acts, experiences, visual performances and just the general vibe that i took away from 2016. This isn’t a ranked list, and all acts get equal billing. That’s not to say there aren’t a few personal highlights.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the middle of a set because the experience is so surreal. Not only bearing witness to, but being privileged to capture some of my musical heroes and world icons, well it’s beyond words. Robert Plant, The Who, Noel Gallagher, Pearl Jam, Flea, Stevie Nicks…musicians I have admired and enjoyed for decades in various forms, I can add them to my ever-growing collection of digital memories.

The standout of the year has to be, no shocker, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour. Much as been said about Gord Downie’s work over the year and I do not intend to dilute those words with my own. The experience and privilege was to say the least, humbling.

I’ve already said too much! Just look at the photos. If you like what you see, please feel free to share, tag, reblog or fax them around. Another year goes by and another year I am thankful for all of the readers, followers, friends, supporters and outlets that have allowed me to keep on rollin’. Special thanks to A Music Blog, Yea?, Q107/Edge 102.1, Spill Magazine, Canadian Musician, and Polaris Music Prize for the opportunities and trust.

-Bobby

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Catfish and the Bottlemen – live at The Edge, Toronto

Catfish and the Bottlemen released their second LP Ride earlier this year and the Welsh rockers are currently on tour across North America, headlining some dates and supporting Mumford & Sons on a few others.

Van and Bondy stopped into 102.1 The Edge studios in Toronto to perform a few acoustic numbers for the crowd.

 

Stay tuned to edge.ca for exclusive video of the performance and be sure to check out the boys when they come rippin’ through your town (Toronto: October 14th!)

 

Arkells “Morning Report” album release – Live at 102.1 The Edge

Arkells are doing it right! With last week’s release of “Morning Report” (Universal) and the announcement of two (2!) sold-out shows at the legendary Massey Hall, the boys are riding high on good vibes, as well they should! They stopped into 102.1 The Edge to play a mini set for huge crowd and it was a glorious time! If you managed to score a ticket to their November shows (with Frank Turner on the bill) consider yourself lucky!

 

 

The Kills – live at 102.1 The Edge studios

Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince came by The Edge studios in Toronto to perform a few acoustic tracks ahead of their show at The Danforth Music Hall. They are currently on tour promoting their upcoming album Ash & Ice (Domino Records).

Cage The Elephant – live at 102.1 The Edge, Toronto

After a sold-out show at Mississauga’s Arrow Hall, Cage The Elephant came into 102.1 The Edge studios to perform a few acoustic tracks from their latest record “Tell Me I’m, Pretty.”

 

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression Tour, Toronto

The Ultimate Survivor. The Godfather of Punk. Iggy Pop.

I have gone on and on about Iggy in the past so i will spare you the fan gushing.

This time around Mr. Pop has joined forces with Josh Homme, Dean Fertita and Matt Helders, of Queens of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys, respectively

If you’re familiar with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (and if you’re not, we need to have a serious talk) you’ll recall that an aging, reclusive Batman takes on the streets one last time. Realizing his own mortality and physical limits he doesn’t go it alone. The Batman myth inspired a legion of mutants, wandering the streets making noise and scaring the shit out of anyone that deserved it. Under Batman’s guidance they find purpose. There is a beautiful violent harmony.

Iggy Pop, too, has spawned generations of angry, noisy vigilantes. Raised on dirty, swampy Mid-Western pre-punk, the Children of Pop aim to destroy the fabric of a superficial society and awful, complacent rock ‘n roll. On Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista Recordings), the generation gap is closed as some of the most promising disciples are anointed by their spiritual leader, and He too enjoys the fruits of his painful labour, without having to rest on his laurels.

The record is fucking fantastic, which nobody doubted. On stage, Iggy continues to be simultaneously menacing, playful, engaging and aloof. Nobody comes close to Iggy Pop. As seasoned and dynamic as his bandmates are during their day jobs, they know their role. They constantly pile on the dirty grooves that drive Iggy’s career-spanning set (well, solo career. Stooges-era work was conspicuously absent). Also can we just take a moment to admire that they open with Lust For Life. Not the closer, not encore-bait. They kick you in the balls as soon as the lights go down, and all you can do for the next 90 minutes is close your scream your face off and enjoy the beatdown.

 

Set List

Lust For Life

Sister Midnight

American Valhalla

Sixteen

In The Lobby

Some Weird Sin

Funtime

Tonight

Sunday

German Days

Mass Production

Nightclubbing

Gardenia

The Passenger

China Girl

Break Into Your Heart

Fall In Love With Me

Repo Man

Baby

Chocolate Drops

Paraguay

Success