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

For Part I – see here 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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The Lumineers – Mod Club Theatre, Toronto

Well, it’s all out in the open now. Fred & Mel’s Secret Thing is out. That’s right the 102.1 The Edge morning hosts can state for the record neither of them have any more secrets to hide, ever. This last one was a big reveal. Hundreds of fans and listeners lined up on College St at The Mod Club Theatre in anticipation for an invite-only mystery concert on a Wednesday night. The buzz was a big band was going to headline a small club show, but who could it be? No hints!

The presence of the lovely folks at Dine Alone Records outside the venue helped narrow down the guesses, and with such a stellar roster, the odds were it was going to be one hell of a show. No cell phones were permitted in the show. Whoever was taking the stage had some nerve to deny the crowd their MySpace updating privileges for a few hours.

The Edge did not disappoint. Fashionably late by about 20 minutes Fred & Mel introduced The Lumineers to a packed house. OK, those in the front of the club may have had a clue given the eponymous bass drum.

Wesley Schultz and company came to town to promote their second album “Cleopatra” out next week on Dine Alone Records/Dualtone which features the hit single “Ophelia.” Scroll down for the beautiful video and stay tuned to edge.ca for exclusive concert footage soon!

Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers visits 102.1 The Edge

After their Grammy appearance in February, The Lumineers quickly added a second Toronto stop on their current North American tour to keep up with the huge demand. Between their sold out sets at The Danforth Music Hall and Sound Academy, lead singer Wesley Schultz stopped by 102.1 The Edge to chat with Fearless Fred.

Although some throat issues prevented him from performing he made sure to appease the huge crowd by giving away band shirts and signing autographs for at least an hour.

Go check out Fearless Fred’s blog!

Originally shot for www.edge.ca

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