• Oshawa says Yes to rock and roll history lesson

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    Story and photos by Kait Tarrant

    Oshawa music fans took a trip to a parallel rock ‘n’ roll universe for the recent Yes concert at The General Motors Centre.

    Lucky for fans of the band – now spanning six decades since its inception in 1968 – this is exactly what they came for.

    Not many bands nowadays could start off a show with an 18-minute, intricately arranged song, “Close to the Edge” originally recorded in 1972, and still get a standing ovation out of it. In the vapid, mass produced and contrived world of rock music in 2014, surely this would be a recipe for artistic suicide. But for Yes, it’s a reason the band is still around over 45 years later.YES2 - Kait Tarrant

    Yes performed three albums – 1972′s “Close to the edge,” 1977′s “Going for the one,” and 1971′s “The Yes Album” – over two sets spanning two and half hours. The first three songs alone spanned a little over 40 minutes.

    The band took small breaks in-between to interact with their audience, but the night was solely reserved for music and listeners didn’t have a problem with that. As many times as they have played these songs they still sound fresh. This genre-defining band has some of the finest music in progressive rock. It isn’t dance music. Concertgoers didn’t dance the night away to the psychedelic songs. If anything, fans were silently and intently listening to the various melodies weaving in and out of the songs.YES3 - Kait Tarrant

    Not only did Yes show that their admittedly old art rock is still relevant, but they are damn good at pumping it out.  For the sake of all that is good in rock music, let’s all hope they can keep doing it for a little while longer.

  • R5 brings slice of tween heaven to GM Centre

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    A wide variety of fans gathered together at the General Motors Centre on April 8th to rock along and get loud with the Lynch siblings, Ross, Riker, Rocky, Rydel and the fifth member Ellington Ratliff. The concert was the 6th show in the Canadian leg of R5’s 2014 Louder World Tour and they did not disappoint.

    The band kicked off their Oshawa show with “Fallin’ for You” and performed various songs from their debut studio album including, “Cali Girls”, “I Want U Bad”, “Ain’t No Way We’re Goin’ Home” and their album titled track, “Loud.” Each song was played with inarguable skill and passion, with Ross Lynch stealing the show. The band rocked out on stage, seemingly tireless and maintained an amusing banter on-stage between songs creating an enjoyable show for everyone.

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    I thought R5 put on a phenomenal show and they showcased their musical talent and ability. The crowd was excited and relished every note, making the experience a memorable one for me. With high energy and the crowd singing along to every song, I enjoyed the concert immensely and would recommend going to an R5 concert the next time they are in tow.


  • Barenaked Ladies onstage at the GM Centre

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    Photos and review by Emma Pugsley

    Hundreds of cheering fans gathered together at the General Motors Centre on February 9th to support and groove along with the The Barenaked Ladies. The concert was one of the many that were part of their 2013-2014 Canadian Tour. The guys  kicked the show off with the songs “Limits”, “Never Is Enough” and their ever famous “Pinch Me.” The crowd was pleased and in a BNL bliss as the band played many of their newer tracks as well as their well known and loved songs of the 90’s. If you missed the concert you can check out their website www.barenakedladies.com to find more concert dates for 2014!

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  • Dean Brody tour hits General Motors Centre

     

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    Story and photos by Kyle MacDonald

    Dean Brody brought his ‘Crop Circles and Tractor Beams’ tour to the General Motors Centre on Friday, February 7th.

    The Nova Scotia-based country star brought massive crowds of country fans of all ages. The show was in support of his fourth album Crop Circles, a more story-driven album than most country. I had to take a listen before heading to the show. I may not be a fan of country, but I still wanted to know who I was seeing.

    The arena filled up quickly, with a good vibe of excitement filling the building. Cassadee Pope, winner of ‘The Voice’, opened the show with her own flair and got the crowd livelier.  Her mix of country and pop-rock, with very controlled and powerful vocals got fans excited for when Dean would hit the stage.

    Dean brings out his cowboy hat and guitar as the show continues. Fans whistled and cheered as he continued the set with his guitar.

    After a quick wait, which is nice to have at shows, Dean took all the attention. Screams echoed, as he began to sing, wearing what looked to be leather and blue jeans. You could hear the crowd singing along right from the start, and it continued on through the show.

    Later picking up his guitar, Dean pushed through a decent set list. There was a lot of sing-alongs, chanting and screaming. Overall, it was a fun night. I don’t consider myself a country fan, but Dean Brody put on a good show.

     

     

     

  • Great Big Sea Rocks Out at the General Motors Centre

    Great Big Sea played at the General Motors Centre on Nov. 28.

    Great Big Sea played at the General Motors Centre on Nov. 28.

    Story and photos by Kyle MacDonald

    Great Big Sea returned to the General Motors Centre on November 28th and brought enough energy to get thousands of adoring fans on their feet.

    Embarking on their 20th anniversary tour, the band played two sets of high-energy, East Coast inspired rock. You could not deny their passionate, presence and their humour. Jokes were thrown around, the band poked fun at each other, and speaking to the crowd, they thanked the fans for supporting them over the years. The band has a long history of hits and listening to the band perform, you could tell they have years of experience under their belts.GreatBigSeaweb2

    Some highlights included the band’s ability to transition from slow songs with acoustics and then jump back into swinging rock songs. Not many bands can pull this off as well as Great Big Sea. The crowd was dancing, screaming, chanting and loving every minute. The energy in the GM Centre made you feel good. It was contagious.

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