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

Part I

Part II

Part III

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 Who Hits 50! The Air Canada Centre, Toronto

THE WHO’S FINAL TOUR! No really, this time.

“We always end our fuckin’ tours in Toronto! And we’ll do it again next week!” Mocked birthday boy Roger Daltrey. The spry 72 year-old was only half-joking. The Who are scheduled to return to the ACC in just over a month. A cancelled 2015 date resulting in the close re-encounters, but nobody’s complaining. The Who Hits 50! And boy were there hits. All killer, no filler, as they say.

After struggling with some guitar issues through the first two songs, Pete Townshend informed the crowd he discovered the problem with his amp. It wasn’t loud enough. Cheeky. The night was chock full of nostalgia, from the opening slideshow giving us classic images, biographies and factoids about Pete’s famous Union Jack coat (which I learned initially belonged to John Entwistle! And now you did too!)

What more can be said about The Who? It’s The Fucking Who! You know them. You love them. Enjoy these photos, take the nearest USB cable on your desk and swing it above your head, windmill the armrest on your ergonomic chair and scream at the top of your lungs! Know that you will never be as cool as these guys so you may as well have fun pretending.

 

 

Photographs by Bobby Singh on assignment for Q107/Corus Entertainment. Copyright 2016 Front of House Photography. Please do not edit, alter or use without permission or proper credit. email fohphoto@rogers.com for info. Thank you.