On October 13th, I had the honor and privilege to go see my all time favorite band “Phoenix” at the Metropolis venue (which has now been rebranded to become “M Telus”). As I walked in, I looked all the way from the left side of the venue to the right, to see hundreds of people come together and witness the band play. To some, “Phoenix” may also be their all time favorite band, and I instantly felt that I was surrounded by like minded people. As more people flocked in, we waited in anticipation until the lights finally went off, and the opening act began to play. I have to say I was very impressed with how they performed. They are a small up and coming band called “Lo Moon” and they really knew how to captivate the audience. I highly recommend that this band should be checked out, and have an eye kept on them for the future; I know I will be keeping an eye on them for sure. After their
set, we patiently waited for the main event to begin, the moment we were all waiting for finally arrived, and they went off with a bang. Their discography is so varied, but also uncompromisingly them as well. With over a decade’s worth of consistently fantastic content at their disposal, they could have played nothing but obscure tracks and the show would have been incredible nonetheless. They played a lot from their latest album “Ti Amo” which is what they were touring for. However, they played a whole load of fan favorites as well, including a couple of their lesser known tracks woven into the set as well.
What stood out the most for me was their stage design. The band performed in front of a giant mirror which was tilted at a 45 degree angle. You could see a bird’s-eye view of the band performing on top of a giant screen. The screen would project up and reflect on the mirror showcasing some of the most impressive stage projections that I have ever seen. As someone who is hoping to one day work in this field, I found it to be incredibly inspiring and it gives me ideas for what I want to do for future designs.
The band brought so much energy, and really kept the crowd going for the entire event and despite being rebranded, the venue sounded just as incredible as ever. You do not know amazing acoustics until you go to M-Telus (I am not going to get used to that name). The band stopped performing and then came back on for a 5 song encore with Thomas Mars (the lead vocalist) who crowd surfed to the middle of the venue (while still singing) and shared an incredibly intimate time with the fans.
All in all, “Phoenix” may very well have put on the best concert I have ever been to. If you ever get the chance to see them I highly recommend it.
Originally Published in Vol. 47 Issue 4 on October 25th, 2017