Evidently I can’t be in seven places at once, so for me, Lee’s was the place to be last night for a pair of hardcore pioneers from both sides of the border.
I’ve always thought that Black Pussy was a dumb band name. When I first heard of them opening for Vista Chino a couple years back, I thought “Why would you call your band that!?”
As for Weedeater, I don’t think they’ve played here in about five years, and it seems their legend has grown since the last time I’ve seen ’em. There were all sorts of bearded weirdos in attendance that I’ve never seen before–and the crazy crowd made for a rather raucous performance!
This was a co-headlining gig, with Napalm going on last and both them and the Melvins playing for about an hour. But from my vantage point, I gotta say, the Melvins had a much more punishing pit!
I was somewhat surprised to see Bongzilla headlining a concert-hall tour in 2016, but hey, with a four-band bill that brought it from start to finish, I’m certainly not one to complain!
Until last night, the last time Earthless played Toronto was all the way back in ’09. They opened for Witch at the Horseshoe, and completely blew ’em off the stage. So yeah, we’d been waiting a while for their next appearance ’round these parts.
This was the first time I’ve ever paid for a concert VIP package, and quite likely the last time, too. Most of the bands…
Seeing Sleep at The Phoenix wasn’t just another gig–it was a religious experience. Let’s just say there might have been more than one bearded dude bowing down to the almighty riff last night. And when the whole band came in at the beginning of “Dopesmoker,” everybody up front started headbanging in unison, like a buncha drugged-out monks.
There were some really high-quality gigs in the Big Smoke this year, with the long-awaited returns of Neurosis, Electric Wizard and AC/DC, Ufomammut’s first-ever appearance, and a couple outstanding lineups curated by High on Fire and Corrosion of Conformity. Turns out I didn’t hafta travel too far to get my heavy-rock fix.
There was not a dud to be found in last night’s lineup, with all four bands complementing each other nicely while not sounding exactly the same. And suffice to say, a PJK-era COC revival was met with much enthusiasm; it’s been a while since I’ve seen so many crowdsurfers at a concert!