Franz Ferdinand performing live in Toronto
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.
Denmark’s Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, known by her stage name MØ performed to a packed house at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.
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.
July Talk continue their live assault across North America in support of their second LP Touch (Sleepless Records), and the rooms are getting bigger and bigger, including two triumphant sold-out shows at The Danforth Music Hall this past weekend. There’s not much i can really say about July Talk I haven’t said before. Listen to their records. Look at these photos. GO SEE THEM LIVE!
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.