10.22.99 Toronto, ON
Despite the drop off of thrush hermit from the bill, this show managed to live up to all "rock" expectations and then some. The Flashing Lights and Local Rabbits came out and rocked the Opera House down and left many the onlooker in awe (myself included).
The opening band, So-Ho Kitchen, were alright. They "warmed" up the audience with their "days of the new meets wide mouth mason" sound. It was probably a pretty big show for them to be playing (I'm guessing) so they did an alright job. They dedicated a song to all the snow boarders in the crowd which was different. Unfortunately, they didn't play any of the Thrush Hermit songs that I was yelling out as requests.
Local Rabbits took the stage. This was my first time seeing the Local
Rabbits live (although I am familiar with their music) and they were certainly
impressive and deserving of all possible accolades. They were incredibly
energetic and enthusiastic from the moment they graced the stage and they
easily got the audience involved in all the rock action.
Next on stage
were Toronto's Flashing Lights. They started off with their Intro
and headed right into "Highschool". Various crowd members were singing
along to the Lights' new single and enjoying their rockin' live rendition
of the song. The Flashing Lights played a great set and performed
all their toe-tapping tracks from the album as well as two "new" tracks
familiar to the Frontman War Repeats known as "It's Alright" and "The Same
Thing Twice" (or at least that's what I refer to them as). The audience
of the evening was one that will certainly not be forgotten by all those
in attendance for a long time. The Flashing Lights were summoned
back on stage for an encore and after playing "Gone Are The Good Times"
they kicked into "Flashing Lights" by Screamin' Lord Sutch. Matt
called for Pete Elkas (of Local Rabbits Fame) to join the Lights on stage
and he did, with some cheering from the audience, and brought the rest
of The Rabbits with him. With the Rabbits and Flashing Lights screaming
"Flashing Lights!" it was understandable as to why the audience was going
crazy. Ben Gunning (LR) and Matt Murphy (FL) then had a guitar duel
which again got the audience begging for more. After lots of rockin',
crazy chanting and the disrobing of shirts (?!), the song ended in a mess
of beer and tambourine parts. The lights went down, the bands exited
the stage and all fans went home
It was quite the show. And for those of you keeping track, the war that night was won hands down by The Local Rabbits. But all of us who were rocked that night at the Opera House were the real winners.
Only one word
can encapsulate the rock and roll majestry demonstrated on the stage: BOOYA!