Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Blonde Redhead - Théâtre Corona - August 28th 2013

Band : Blonde Redhead
Venue : Théâtre Corona
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : August 28th 2013
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :

Comments : After a disappointing show last time due to their (what I thought) uninspiring last album, I was less excited than usual to see them again. Yet, a smaller venue and the fact that they do not have a new album out, gave me a glimmer of hope. Well, the balcony was closed at the venue so it looked like I was probably not the only one disappointed with their previous show at Metropolis. The show started out quite well, but sadly fell back into the same lacklustre pattern as last time. After the first 3 songs I started to get bored with the setlist. There were a couple of highlights but I really wonder if I will go see them again or if I should simply call it quits ?

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Rob Zombie - Heavy MTL - August 11th 2013

Band : Rob Zombie
Venue : Parc Jean Drapeau (Heavy MTL)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : August 11th 2013
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
Living Dead Girl
More Human Than Human
Super-Charger Heaven
Sick Bubble-Gum
Meet The Creeper
House Of 1000 Corpses
Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
Enter Sandman
Thunder Kiss '65

Comments : This was definitely the show I wanted to see at this year's festival as I really enjoyed them last time. Despite the potential for a rough crowd up front, I went to a spot in the first rows like a true dardevil. The crowd was indeed rough and probably a bit more intoxicated due to the later spot on the schedule. No big surprises from the props and decor but still pretty entertaining. I rather enjoyed the White Zombie songs on the setlist but was perplexed by the Metallica cover (?). My personal highlights of the evening were Teenage Nosferatu Pussy, More Human Than Human and of course, Dragula.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

New Order - Osheaga - August 4th 2013

Band : New Order
Venue : Parc Jean Drapeau (Osheaga)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : August 4th 2013
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Your Silent Face
Bizarre Love Triangle
True Faith
5 8 6
The Perfect Kiss
Blue Monday
Love Will Tear Us Apart

Comments : No one could ever replace Ian Curtis and no one can replace Peter Hook either. I was really sceptical about this one actually, but I am so happy to be wrong. It was a really great concert despite the absence of Peter Hook (both for his stage presence and his bass skills). The band has no new album to support so it was nothing but songs I wanted to hear by New Order. The show ended with 3 Joy Divison songs. I missed Peter Hook the most at this point. The versions were much less emotional than those we saw Peter Hook play a couple of years back. Still, a really great show.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Explosions In The Sky - Osheaga - August 3rd 2013

Band : Explosions In The Sky
Venue : Parc Jean Drapeau (Osheaga)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : August 3rd 2013
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Catastrophe And The Cure
Postcard From 1952
The Birth And Death Of The Day
Your Hand In Mine
Greet Death
Let Me Back In
The Only Moment We Were Alone

Comments : Another great performance as expected. I really love this band live. A more intimate set than last time at Metropolis and a very intense and energetic one. On a side note, the Green stage is named after a brand of supposedly high tech electronics and had the worst sound of the entire festival again this year.

Friday, 2 August 2013

The Cure - Osheaga - August 2nd 2013

Band : The Cure
Venue : Parc Jean Drapeau (Osheaga)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : August 2nd 2013
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Pictures Of You
The End Of The World
In Between Days
Just Like Heaven
From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
A Forest
The Walk
Mint Car
Friday I'm In Love
Doing The Unstuck
Fascination Street
The Hungry Ghost
Wrong Number
One Hundred Years
The Lovecats
The Caterpillar
Close To Me
Hot Hot Hot !!!
Let's Go To Bed
Why Can't I Be You?
Boys Don't Cry

Comments : Tonight's concert sounded exactly like the last time I saw them at the Paleo Festival. That could have been a good thing if it wasn't 11 years ago. It was pop song after pop song and after a while, I started to get a bit bored (example: Mint Car, Friday I'm In Love and Doing The Unstuck played one after another). It seems to me that The Cure play more or less the same setlists over and over again. As for the new songs (i.e. everything after Bloodflowers), I hope I never have to hear them again. The band played 20 minutes over their allotted time and the sound was cut by the stage manager during Boys Don't Cry. Not a bad performance per se, but tonight's show left me quite uninspired and at this point, I am not sure I will go see them again.