Royal Blood takes the stage on the second night of the Toronto tour stop to 99 Problems with drummer, Ben Thatcher sporting a Celine Dion tour tshirt with a total straight face. The launch immediately into Come on Over, sending the crowd into cheers. As I said about the previous night’s set, Royal Blood makes loads of noise for two people. They’re a great band to get into if you’re looking for something new. The only disappointment was that the set was exactly the same two nights in a row. I would have loved to see something a little different but it was still solid.
Beat the Bots was a selling technique that was put on way back in January in order to stop online scalpers from buying and flipping tickets for way more money. Fans were made to line up early in the morning at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for wristbands which then allowed them to purchase tickets. So you can imagine how stoked the crowd was when the Foo Fighters came on stage with Dave in his throne (see previous post if you have no clue what I’m talking about).
The Foo Fighters packed the night with a lengthy set that pulled from back catalogue, new music and covers that included Under Pressure (David Bowie and Queen) and Stay with Me (Rod Stewart). One of the evening’s highlights was Sass Jordan being pulled on stage to join them in Stay with Me. Man does that girl have pipes! Seriously. She did us Canadians proud.
Dave Grohl has often been called the nicest guy in rock n’ roll but I really think all the Foo Fighters should be the nicest guys in rock n’ roll. They proved it Thursday night. It was a night for making people happy. Not only was it a long set but they really interacted with the crowd. For example, Chris Shifflet pulled three kids up side stage because they looked uncomfortable on the floor and he wanted them to be okay. Taylor invited a guy with a sign that read “It’s my birthday. Can I play drums?” up to play…and kudos to this guy who played despite jeering from Dave about how he better not suck (all jokes of course) and Dave invited a little girl and her dad onto the stage who had a sign that read “It’s my first concert”! It was amazing and these people (as well as myself) will never forget it.
The night was honestly one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a long time. I would dare to say it topped the first night. The high energy combined with the solid set list made it fantastic.