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

 

Part I

Part II

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.

-Bobby

The Tragically Hip, Hamilton ON August 16, 2016

 

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The Tragically Hip ring in Canada Day 2015 – Molson Amphitheatre

The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre was a sea of red & white on July 1st. Thousands of patriotic Canadians doing their national duty draped in our official colours and chugging copious amounts of a particular lager, coincidentally branded to tie into that very venue. An essential element to any Canadian celebration is partaking the finest music our nation has to offer. What better way to spend a beautiful summer evening on the lake than with 16,000 of your closest friends and The Tragically Hip? So Canadian it hurt so good.

Gord Downie and the boys (Rob Baker, Paul Langlois, Jonny Fay, Gord Sinclair) took to the stage at 9 pm with no openers. No distractions, no speed bumps, just kickin’ off the night with a high octane version of “Grace, Too” (replacing opening lyrics “I’m fabulously rich” to “We’re tragically hip” because, why not?), and it was a steady stream of hits all through the night.

One thing is evident about the Tragically Hip’s live shows in the last ten or so years, and that’s that nobody seems to be having more fun in the room than Gord Downie. Gone are the intense, personal and political stream of consciousness monologues.  Gord 2.0 is all about goofing around, miming, stripping down, and mugging for the crowd (and the camera, thankfully). At one point his wireless pack fell from his hip and instead of fumbling, or barking at a stage tech to fix the catastrophe, he turned it into a 2 minute Chaplinesque bit. Miming confusion and amazement at the piece of technology on the ground in front of him, holding it up to the crowd in awe before gleefully reattaching it, victorious! It should be noted that while Max Webster’s Kim Mitchell still trumps in the Canuck rock glamour department, Downie’s white leather pants deserve some accolades as well. Probably.

It really is nice to see a band having fun on stage, having worked their asses off to conquer our fair land, The Hip could easily rest on their laurels and phone it in every night but thankfully they show no signs of slowing down. Celebrating the twenty-third (again, why not?) anniversary of “Fully, Completely” this tour takes them around North America and back again, but it’s safe to say that no stop on this tour is as poignant or as well received as a Canada Day romp n the shores of Lake Ontario.

Inventory Sale – prints and framed works

For anyone that wasn’t able to make it out to FoH’s show at The grind House, it is now unfortunately over. But we are selling off the inventory to make room for more! Prices have been reduced on framed and standalone prints. Please see the description with each attached image for size and price. All items below are single quantity only. Please note FOH Watermark is only for online display purposes only and is not contained on the actual prints. If you have any questions at all please email me at fohphoto@rogers.com

Janelle Monae 24 x 16" framed print $250

Janelle Monae 24 x 16″ framed print $250

Iggy Pop 24 x 16" framed print $250

Iggy Pop 24 x 16″ framed print $250

A Primitive Evolution  18 x 12" framed print $100

A Primitive Evolution 18 x 12″ framed print $100

Tin Star Orphans 18 x 12" framed print $100

Tin Star Orphans 18 x 12″ framed print $100

Sloan 18 x 12" framed print $100

Sloan 18 x 12″ framed print $100

Gord Downie 18 x 12" framed print $100

Gord Downie 18 x 12″ framed print $100

Diemonds 18 x 12"  framed print $100

Diemonds 18 x 12″ framed print $100

Scarlett jane 12 x 8" framed print $55

Scarlett jane 12 x 8″ framed print $55

Saidah Baba Talibah 8 x 12" framed print $55

Saidah Baba Talibah 8 x 12″ framed print $55

Prince 12 x 8" framed print $75

Prince 12 x 8″ framed print $75

Marina & the Diamonds 12 x 8" framed print $55

Marina & the Diamonds 12 x 8″ framed print $55

Stars 10 x 8" print $25

Stars 10 x 8″ print $25

Silvergun & Spleen 10 x 8" print $25

Silvergun & Spleen 10 x 8″ print $25

Serena Ryder 8 x 10" print $25

Serena Ryder 8 x 10″ print $25

Saidah Baba Talibah 8 x 10" framed print $45

Saidah Baba Talibah 8 x 10″ framed print $45

Rival Sons 10 x 8" print $25

Rival Sons 10 x 8″ print $25

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Pack AD 8 x 10" framed print $45

Pack AD 8 x 10″ framed print $45

Monster Truck 10 x 8" print $25

Monster Truck 10 x 8″ print $25

Metric 10 x 8" framed print $45

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Matt Mays 10 x 8" print $25

Matt Mays 10 x 8″ print $25

Matt Mays 8 x 10" framed print $45

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The Mahones 8 x 10" framed print $45

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Kendal Carson 10 x 8" framed print $45

Kendal Carson 10 x 8″ framed print $45

I Mother Earth 8 x 10" print $25

I Mother Earth 8 x 10″ print $25

Iggy Pop 8 x 10" print $25

Iggy Pop 8 x 10″ print $25

Hollerado 10 x 8" print $25

Hollerado 10 x 8″ print $25

Gord Downie 10 x 8" print $25

Gord Downie 10 x 8″ print $25

Michael Franti 10 x 8" print $25

Michael Franti 10 x 8″ print $25

Erykah Badu 10 x 8" framed print $45

Erykah Badu 10 x 8″ framed print $45

Emma-Lee 10 x 8" print 425

Emma-Lee 10 x 8″ print $25

Dropkick Murphys 10 x 8" print $25

Dropkick Murphys 10 x 8″ print $25

Dinosaur Bones 10 x 8" print $25

Dinosaur Bones 10 x 8″ print $25

Dinosaur Bones 10 x 8" framed print $45

Dinosaur Bones 10 x 8″ framed print $45

Diemonds 10 x 8" print $25

Diemonds 10 x 8″ print $25

Courage My Love 10 x 8" print $25

Courage My Love 10 x 8″ print $25

Courage My Love 10 x 8" framed print $45

Courage My Love 10 x 8″ framed print $45

catl 10 x 8" print $25

catl 10 x 8″ print $25

Brendan Canning 10 x 8" print $25

Brendan Canning 10 x 8″ print $25

Blue Rodeo 10 x 8" print $25

Blue Rodeo 10 x 8″ print $25

Blackdog Ballroom 10 x 8" print $25

Blackdog Ballroom 10 x 8″ print $25

Big Crush 8 x 10" print $25

Big Crush 8 x 10″ print $25

Ben Caplan 10 x 8" framed print $45

Ben Caplan 10 x 8″ framed print $45

The Balconies 10 x 8" framed print $45

The Balconies 10 x 8″ framed print $45

Arkells 10 x 8" framed print $55

Arkells 10 x 8″ framed print $55

A Primitive Evolution 8 x 10" framed print - $45

A Primitive Evolution 8 x 10″ framed print – $45

A Primitive Evolution 10 x 8" print $25

A Primitive Evolution 10 x 8″ print $25

Alysha Brilla 10 x 8" framed print  $45

Alysha Brilla 10 x 8″ framed print $45

 

The Tragically Hip – GM Centre, Oshawa @thehipdotcom

The Tragically Hip are Canadian Rock Royalty. Who’s going to argue that? Legions of fans, a string of hit singles, they’ve played for the Queen(!), and able to sell out arenas 30 years into their career. This was my first Hip show, and I must admit I never would have guessed Gord Downie was so damn entertaining on stage. Expressive, animated and in complete control of the crowd. Currently touring with The Arkells, and promoting their latest record “Now For Plan A” available to stream on Rdio and for download on iTunes Canada
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Arkells – GM Centre, Oshawa

Opening up for The Tragically Hip on a national arena tour is pretty damn huge. The last time i saw The Arkells they were playing a side stage at Osheaga. They sounded great then. The festival vibe kept them loose and unrestricted. On a larger stage (albeit smaller, when you consider they were playing in front of The Hip’s gear) they seemed somewhat constrained. They still sounded tight, musically, and it’s some great exposure for the Hamilton band. I’m betting they grow into their bigger and better surroundings and eventually headline a venue like the GM Centre in Oshawa.

Pick up the fantastic “Michigan Left” from the Arkells web-store and stream it on Rdio

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