When I think of the band Three Days Grace, I think of high school. My angsty teen years. This band used to be a big part of my everyday life, and I never really thought about it since I quietly stopped listening to them. This show changed that.
Seeing the long line of people stretched down the streets around MTelus made me think of the impact that this band has on a lot of people, including myself. I had been looking forward to this concert since I heard that Three Days Grace was going to be in town, and I am so glad I had the chance to see them.
I’ve never had the chance to see Fozzy live. And damn, what a great first impression. One by one, each band member took their spot on stage, lead singer Chris Jericho dressed in a leather vest with a bedazzled gold jacket and matching scarf. There was no hesitation for them to start rocking. Guitarists Rich Ward and Billy Grey just could not stand still, hopping around everywhere and involving the crowd during their solos.
They played songs such as Painless, and Judas. During their performance of Elevator, Matt Walst, lead vocalists for Three Days Grace, joined Fozzy for back up. That made the crowd go nuts.
For the finale of their set, both the guitarists and the bassist performed sitting on the centre box, showing Montreal their close relationship as band members. I cannot wait for the next time Fozzy makes their way back to Montreal. There’s no way I’m going to miss them.
Back in April, Nothing More had opened for Papa Roach. That was one of the best opening shows I’ve ever seen. If there’s anything that Nothing More is damn good at, it’s putting on an unforgettable show.
Jonny Hawkins runs to his microphone, his shirt and shoes nowhere in sight. His powerful vocals instantly influencing a mosh pit from the crowd.
Everything that Nothing More produced was impressive. Every person in the crowd were bobbing their heads and thrashing themselves into others along to Jonny’s chilling and passionate vocals, and the quick and heavy notes that the musicians were throwing at us.
Just as you think this performance couldn’t get any better, a five string bass is placed on a rack, and bassist Daniel Oliver starts to tap a solo, his fingers maneuvering the strings on it’s fret board. Soon, guitarist Mark Vollelunga joined the fun. Finally, Jonny threw himself in the mix, hitting the strings with his drumsticks. All three musicians were totally in sync, producing sounds that were completely impressive and had me in awe.
Of course, for their finale, Jonny jumped on top of his drum kit, and performed a symphony of various screams and synthetics. It was a perfect way to finish their set. Not a soul in the venue was calm. Everyone couldn’t stop screaming and cheering for Nothing More. I really hope I get to see them a third time some day, they seem to have a habit of exceeding everyone’s expectations.
Although Montreal had a blast during the two openers, we weren’t done moshing yet.
Three Days Grace opened with a song off their newest album called “The Mountain”. All the heavy riffs and intense bass and drums got the crowd going and hyped up. It was amazing to see.
There’s a certain beauty in the synchronization the pit has when moshing. People thrashing into each other and picking up those who have fallen on their backs. It’s always fun for me to watch. Makes me itch to jump in and join the chaos. And the want grew even heavier the moment they continued with Three Days Grace classics. The songs from their later albums back in 2003-2009. “Home” got the crowd nice and angry, throwing themselves shoulder to shoulder.
They continued with more songs like “The Good Life”, “Pain”, and “Infra-red” before Matt took a minute to tell the story of how they heard a song on the radio, and quickly ran into the studio to make a “Three Days Grace version.” They then performed their cover of “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” by Phantogram. It was an amazing twist of the song, completely rearranged to their own style.
Things toned down a bit when the band brought out a couple stools. Neil Sanderson sat himself in front of a keyboard, and Barry Stock pulled out his acoustic guitar. They played broken down versions of “Love Me or Leave Me” and “Get Out Alive.”
It’s always heartwarming to see lights go up during a show. I looked down into the pit during “Get Out Alive” and saw that those who were throwing themselves around and into each other, were embraced. Arms around shoulders, hands firmly holding heads while the other holds up a lighter. Nothing amazes me more than seeing the true chaos of a crowd turn into such a safe environment. As if they weren’t moshing just a minute ago.
Of course, the mood can’t stay calm forever. Not during a Three Days Grace show. The band performed a few more songs before ending their set with a chilling performance of “Animal I Have Become.” Montreal refused to let them leave the stage without giving them more. The venue felt as if it was shaking as the crowd chanted the band’s name while stomping their feet as hard as everyone could. And just like clockwork, Three Days Grace makes their way back to perform their encore, consisting of “Never Too Late” and “Riot.”
It’s really hard for me to find words for the feeling that I had during and after the show. I was on a high of adrenaline and nostalgia. Hearing all these songs again after years of not touching them brought me back to early high school, and reminded me of how different I am from then. And that’s what music is for. That’s what concerts are for. I had the time of my life during that show, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Montreal had the time of its life as well.
And the next time Three Days Grace are in town, you can find me in the pit.
THE GOOD LIFE
WORLD SO COLD
YOU DON’T GET ME HIGH ANYMORE PHANTOGRAM COVER JUST LIKE YOU
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME GET OUT ALIVE
LET YOU DOWN
I HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU ANIMAL I HAVE BECOME
NEVER TOO LATE RIOT
Review – Jamie Siddall
Photos – Alexandre René