Red Hot Chili Peppers brought “The Getaway World Tour” to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, selling out the 18,000 seat arena
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 Tennesee 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.
The Tragically Hip, Hamilton ON August 16, 2016
Janelle Monae gets the gold. Done. No contest. By far the most explosive, energetic and highly-anticipated performance of the Panamania concerts, the Wondaland Records mogul packed Nathan Phillips Square on a Sunday night and delivered an explosive set full of hits. From “Tightrope” to “Yoga”, and everything in between. Scroll down to view the beautiful visuals of “Yoga”
The powerhouse that is Charles Bradley brought his brand of bittersweet soul to Nathan Phillips square as part of the impressive Panamania lineup Tuesday night, backed by His Extraordinaries. With a flair for the dramatic and playful, the Daptone Records recording artist wowed the crowd with cuts from his incredible records “Victim of Love” and “No Time For Dreaming.”
Soul superstar Charles Bradley (Daptone Records) performs live in Toronto as part of the PanAmania festivities – more to come
What Time Is It? Well if looking at Morris Day is any indication, it’s pretty damn difficult to tell. Virtually ageless, Morris E. Day commanded the stage with his usual cool, condensating and ever so suave in the heat.
Featuring original Time members Monte Moir on keys and Jellybean Johnson on drums, The Time ran through all the hits going back to “Cool”, “The Stick” “Get It Up” – The follow-up What Time Is it?- “Wild and Loose”, “777-9311”, “The Walk” to 1990’s Pandemonium – “Jerk Out”, “Chocolate”, “Pandemonium” and of course the biggies from 1984’s Ice Cream Castles – “The Bird” and show-closer “Jungle Love” and many more.
Featuring Tori “Freakjuice” Ruffin on guitar and Ricky Smith on bass, Morris Day & The Time brought the funk to Toronto Jazzfest which continued on quite nicely as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic followed suit and jammed into the night.