Burton Cummings & His Band – CNE Bandshell, Toronto

Canadian rock legend Burton Cummings took the Bandshell stage on the opening night of the Ex, to a record-breaking crowd. No surprise there, as generations of fans crowded the grounds, singing along to dozens of solo and Guess Who classics as well as some choice golden oldie covers

 

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – 40th Anniversary Tour – Toronto 07/15/17

Tom Petty is on his victory lap. Riding high on the 40th anniversary celebration as The Heartbreakers they sold out the Air Canada Centre just three short years since their last visit, the tour in support of Hypnotic Eye. The tempos may have slowed down and the keys lowered but there were plenty of hits. Although given their forty year history, Petty seemed to gravitate towards more deep cuts than usual, while not promoting a new album. Interestingly special attention was paid to 1994’s Wildflowers which was released as a solo album. Then again so was Full Moon Fever, and both featured the Heartbreakers crew heavily (along with Campbell and Tench – original bassist Ron Blair, and the “new guys” Steve Ferrone who joined in 1994 and Scott Thurston, 1991).

 

Opener Peter Wolf strutted and shimmied and kicked out the blues jams for an extended set. Touching upon a few J. Geils cuts, but Centerfold and Freeze Frame were noticeably absent.

 

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers setlist 07/15/17

Rockin’ Around (With You)
Mary Jane’s Last Dance
You Don’t Know How It Feels
Forgotten Man
I Won’t Back Down
Free Fallin’
Walls
Don’t Come Around Here No More
It’s Good to Be King
Crawling Back to You
Wildflowers
Learning to Fly
Yer So Bad
I Should Have Known It
Refugee
Runnin’ Down a Dream

Encore:

You Wreck Me

American Girl

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

 

 

Peter Wolf

Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, 24 Karat Gold Tour, Toronto 11/29/16

Stevie Nicks brought her 24 Karat Gold Tour to The Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night, with special guests The Pretenders. Stevie told the crowd they wouldn’t be hearing the same old songs they’ve heard on each of her go-rounds. She dusted off deep cuts and tracks that were left off many of her solo albums, re-worked with her current band. That doesn’t mean there were no hits though. Pretenders’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde popped back on stage after her opening set, doing her best Tom Petty and joined Stevie on her breakout single “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

 

The Pretenders were in fine form, kicking out the many new wave jams including “Don’t Get Me Wrong”, “Brass In Pocket”, and
“Back on the Chain Gang”

It was an incredible night with two of the most iconic musicians in classic rock joining forces.

Stevie Nicks

 

The Pretenders

Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees – Massey Hall. Toronto

Toronto’s famed Massey Hall has seen more than it’s share of incredible performances and legendary collaborations, and last week was one for the ages. Spearheaded by Emmylou Harris, the Concert for Refugees series brings to light the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative.  Emmylou, along with Steve Earle, Patty Griffin (who was absent from the Toronto show due to an illness) and The Milk Carton Kids embarked on an intimate theatre tour in the style of a songwriter’s circle with special guest appearances along the way.

 

Toronto was treated to two hometown boys; Ron Sexsmith and Daniel Lanois as well an English lad of some notoriety: Robert Plant

 

For more information on the Lampedusa initiative please visit the link above.

 

All photos Copyright 2016 Front of House Photography.

Pearl Jam Tour2016 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Believe it or not but it’s been 25 since Pearl Jam first hit the music scene and the boys are still going strong. Showing absolutely no signs of mellowing or slowing down, their Tour2016 has been selling out North American arenas and they are headlining Bonnaroo this June. They performed the first of two sold out shows at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, centred heavily around 2000’s “Binaural.”

Ringo Starr – Massey Hall, Toronto

Peace and Love! Peace and LOVE!

The one and only Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band dropped into a sold-out Massey Hall. Kicking the night off with Carl Perkins’ “Matchbox.” Before kicking it into the insanely upbeat “It Don’t Come Easy” Ringo reluctantly crawled down the stage to take a selfie with a fan. While this sort of thing generally takes the steam right out of the show, it was her sixteenth birthday and it was a pretty cute moment. Featuring Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren and Greg Rollie the All Starr Band was  well oiled machine rocking through the classics with an energetic and playful Ringo at the helm!