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It's been far too long since I last hammered out a blog. Or, well... Tried to, anyway. I'm happy to have opened up my year of show-shooting with August Burns Red earlier this month, accompanied by ERRA and Australia's Ocean Grove in Edmonton's Union Hall.
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Edmonton was given a hefty dose of pop-punk nostalgia on Wednesday night, as Good Charlotte threw down at Union Hall, bringing all of the twenty-something year olds in attendance back to the good old days, featuring acts Silverstein, Palaye Royal and Movements on their "Youth Authority" tour. The house was packed from floor to ceiling of folks both new and familiar to the likes of Good Charlotte's pop-punk take over; each smiling from ear to ear as both band and audience reminisced on the days of when Good Charlotte ruled the radio stations. Now introducing their new album "Youth Authority", Good Charlotte is storming stages once again, and doing a damn good job of it while reminding us all that they mean business, and that the energy of pop-punk is alive and well in the music world.
This year's April Fools Day was no joke, as the 2017 rendition of the Decibel Magazine Tour brought the almighty Kreator to Edmonton with Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous, who were each on a mission to destroy. Union Hall was packed full of Edmonton's biggest fans of heavy metal, with energies at an all time high and full of excitement for this long awaited, highly anticipated night.
Union Hall's sold out show on Saturday night was graced with the likes of the in-your-face attitudes of I Prevail as they rolled through Edmonton on their Lifelines 2017 tour, bringing with them the ever-so stellar Wage War, Assuming We Survive, Villain of the Story, as well as adding on local support from Edmonton's own Corvus the Crow.
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Concluding my year of awesome concerts with this show was the best possible way I could have brought this year to a close. The infamous In Flames and HELLYEAH teamed up on their co-headlining tour to bring Union Hall to the ground, and they did just that! Many Edmontonian's braved the bitter weather to catch the buzz on this gig, and not a single person left the venue without a smile on their face!
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Punk rock legends, Sum 41, graced Alberta's capital with a knock out of a performance in Edmonton's newly-renovated Union Hall on Tuesday night, playing to a completely sold out venue, jam packed with excited concert goers. Thanks to the energetic opening sets performed by As It Is and Senses Fail, the house was ready to rock right from the get go.
Before Sum 41's time to shine, the screen back lining the stage at Union Hall came to life, displaying various tour video clips of the band from some of their most memorable times on stage throughout their 20 year career. The recognizable main riff of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" began to flood through the monitors, causing an outburst of excited shouts and screams from the audience.
At last, as the band took to the stage, the full house of excited fans began to roar. Immediately starting things off with a bang, the band boomed into "The Hell Song" resulting in hundreds of voices singing the words back to the band. This behavior continued on as the five-piece broke into "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)". Sum 41 kicked the show off with force, escalating the concert experience with worm rolling crowd surfers and a frenzy of moshing in the pits below.
Continuing on through their hefty 22 song set, Sum 41 played various tracks spanning their 20 year career, a large portion of which consisted of tracks from their newest album "13 Voices" but of course, this gig wouldn't have been a walk down memory lane if they didn't play any classics, so thankfully, they crushed it with a handful of their hits, and also included two covers during their performance, playing only the intro of Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls on Parade", and then Queen's "We Will Rock You", before at last, putting the cherry on top of the show with, probably their most anticipated song, and their big rock-n-roll finish "Fat Lip", which the singing voices of Edmonton truly gave it all they had left to make sure the band could hear them. Judging by the huge smiles on all five of their faces, Sum 41 heard, and approved.
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Edmonton's Union Hall played host to the one and only KONGOS last night, as they tore up the stage with harmonious excellence, with The Joy Formidable rockin' along at their side.
I was particularly looking forward to this gig after catching the gentlemen of KONGOS at SONiCBOOM 2015. Despite the dreary weather that tried to put a damper on the festival that year, KONGOS still managed to put on a wickedly entertaining set. This time in Edmonton, the brothers did just that, with a little extra "ooph" to get the ball rolling, and to keep the anticipation amped throughout the crowd.
The music was on point, the energy in the room was great, and yet, my photographers-brain still wandered to things that most concert goers don't notice, or pay any mind to... Lighting. I've always been a sucker for good, creative light set ups at concerts (as many fellow concert photographers are) and the light show that KONGOS had programmed last night, though challenging at times, proved to be no less than creative. With light beaming on the band as each member took turns singing lead vocals throughout the set, the literal spotlight would illuminate each member in a way that complimented the mood that the band was trying to portray with each of their songs, making my job of catching the guys in action a little easier.
All in all, last night's show was great. The energy in the room was more than what you'd expect at a week day rock concert, and everyone, on the stage, and within sight of the stage seemed to have smiles on their faces and appeared to be having a great time. Of course, as those of you who regularly follow my blog postings know, sights such as this, makes me one happy gal.