Concert Review: Erasure, September 30, Danforth Music Hall


If you ever need a night to witness the greatness that is living in Toronto, just look at the concerts on the ticket for September 30

Robert Plant @ Massey Hall
Erasure @ Danforth Music Hall
Kasabian @ Mod Club
Ema @ Drake
Lykke Li @ Kool Haus

And those were only the big acts. There were a ton of not too big names playing too. With so many options on the plate, the question is .. what show to go to? After a long internal debate in which many factors were calculated, including:

– ticket price
– distance from home
– venue
– bands touring frequency (btf)
– band breakup risk rate (bbrr%)
– approximate show length
– quality eating and drinking establishment nearby
– commute difficulty from work
– how much I like the band

I decided to go to Erasure. How can you go wrong with Erasure? Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have been making records for nearly three decades now and the last time I saw them was a revelation for me, as I went from casual Erasure fan to an actual Erasure fan. Anyone who reads this blog will know that I love my synth pop and there are very few bands with such standards of excellence as Erasure.

The ninety minute show did not disappoint any of the fans at the sold out Danforth Music Hall for sure. While less theatrical then the Sound Academy, Andy Bell, Vince Clarke and two accompanying singers turned the venue into one large disco party filled with glitter, top hats and dance routines that should somehow make it’s way to Pride week sometime. Have they played Pride before? They should headline that every year.

Playing the typical BIG HIT some new songs HERE COMES THE HITS show that I’m now completely accustomed to, Erasure managed to turn the crowd into a dancing frenzy. You know it’s a good show when the people in the balcony start dancing. How could you not? Starting with Drama! and Victim of Love, the set was relentless in hits, with Vince Clarke providing a steady dose of beats between tracks that had you a) questioning what song it is and b) remember it was his remix of Happy Monday’s Wrote for Luck that made that song so damn awesome. Andy Bell was his typical flamboyant self, minus the extravagant costumes he had last time, but still managed to dance his tail off. Chains of Love closed off the main set, but no one was leaving without an encore. Their 90’s hit Always and Sometimes ended off the show at a lovely time of 10:30pm, allowing people like me to go home at a respectable time. Much like everyone in the crowd tonight – respectable adults.

You couldn’t really go wrong with any of the shows happening in our amazing city last Tuesday night. Frankly, you can never go wrong when you decide to go to an Erasure show.

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