I have been fortunate enough to make it to a lot of concerts this summer. Well, this year really, as I saw Death Cab for Cutie and Metric and then Garth Brooks back in March. I don’t know what is going on because typically I make it to maybe one concert a year, but this year a lot of my bucket list bands have been playing and I felt like I couldn’t miss them!
Back in June I scored some sweet tickets to Mumford & Sons at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto. I actually tried to get tickets the day they went on sale and was in queue for about an hour before the sale happened but somehow they were sold out immediately. I was pretty bummed about it, they’re on my must-see list. But wait! My friend Ciara at work follows Mumford & Sons on Facebook and a few weeks before the concert they announced on their page they were releasing more tickets. She came screaming over to my cubicle and told me to get on it, so I did, and I scored two tickets in the 200 section! Best seats I’ve ever had at the Molson Amp (well, minus floor for Blink182 back in high school).
My pal Sherrie and I had such a good time at Death Cab for Cutie and Metric (like THE BEST time, I am still embarrassed at our scream-singing Snapchats from that night) I promised her the next concert I went to I would take her. She was excited.
We made friends with two ladies before the concert while we were eating our poutine, one was also named Sherrie (but spelled Sheri).
I think you can tell who the two Sherries are by their sass faces.
It was another amazing time. Mumford & Sons was so, so good. SO GOOD!!!
I just loved them.
Video from my instagram:
Sherrie makes a nice appearance at the end, haha.
The next concert was the Lumineers with my bestie! I scored us tickets through a radio presale for her birthday, once again at the Molson Amphitheatre.
She is the one who introduced me to the Lumineers years ago when they first arrived on the scene, so it was fitting that I saw them with her.
Our seats weren’t even that great even though I got the presale, but not bad.
The Molson Amp is my favourite concert venue, especially for summer concerts ’cause it’s fun being outside. And I really don’t think there is a bad seat – even the lawn seats aren’t too shabby. We were very excited.
I am just loving their new album, especially Cleopatra, Ophelia and Sleep On The Floor. They played a bunch from it, and all their old faves. They were amazing and we had the best time. 100% would go again.
Next up, Evan got me tickets to see Bryan Adams for Christmas!
Gahh, I just love him. Bryan Adams, I mean. Well, and Evan too.
That Bryan is still a machine. He played a lot off his new album which I wasn’t super familiar with, but I like to do concert research when I’m seeing someone and I’ll usually listen to their new album as well as go through their setlist (setlist.fm is the best for this) to see what they usually play during their show. Bryan played allllll the classics: Can’t Stop This Thing We Started, Please Forgive Me, Run To You, Summer Of ’69 (my dance floor air guitar jam), All For Love, Everything I Do (I totally serenaded this to Evan). Ah, it was so great. Just a Canadian classic.
Everything I Do!
Oh that song makes me melt. Evan and I slow danced during it and it was maybe one of the most romantic moments of my life. And also ridiculous because I was screaming the lyrics in his ear. I also saw my friend Melissa there, totally sobbed through her first dance at her wedding last November because it was to this song. One of my all time faves.
So another great concert and I can cross Bryan Adams off the ol’ bucket list.
Love you Bryan!!!
Two weeks later we were back at Molson Amp for Collective Soul and Goo Goo Dolls! With my dad! (aka Bobby)
One of my dad’s very favourite bands is Collective Soul. I remember blasting Heavy in his disc man (hooked up to the tape deck) in his old white Lumina. So, for his birthday Evan and I got him tickets. Collective Soul was opening for the Goo Goo Dolls but they still had a great set and played all their hits, and stuff from their new album which I am really loving. I don’t know if it’s Bobby’s influence, but I freakin’ love Collective Soul. They really do have some great classic songs.
Like Shine, which may bring a tear to my eye…
And The World I Know, and Heavy. I was loving.
And my dad was LOVING HIS LIFE. I looked over at him at one point and I feel like he was about to cry with joy. Collective Soul is actually the first concert I ever went to, they played with the Cranberries also at Molson Amphitheatre, and my dad took me with my friends Dawn, Leanne and Julie. We sat on a patio overlooking the stage (no longer there) and convinced these guys to buy us screwdrivers when my dad wasn’t paying attention. Oh, memories.
My only complaint about Collective Soul is that their voice audio was kind of low, but it was fine for the Goo Goo Dolls, so I don’t know what was going on there.
Between sets we met up with my friend Melissa’s (mentioned above) sister Katie and hung out for a bit on the patio with her and her friend. Melissa and Katie grew up near us and my dad hasn’t seen her since she was maybe 12, so they had quite the reunion.
I was pretty happy to see Goo Goo Dolls too. I don’t know if I would have specifically sought them out to see but they were definitely a nice bonus.
They played a lot of stuff from their new album, which I only vaguely knew, but you know they played the faves. Name, for one. And it was pretty amazing.
My dad really likes Iris also, so he was happy to see that. Afterwards we were quizzing my dad on who he’s seen in concert. So many legendary bands! Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Guess Who (several times), Pink Floyd, Genesis, Neil Young (with Crosby Stills and Nash), Rush, Jethro Tull, Tom Petty, Deep Purple, Steely Dan, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Stones, The Band, etc. Just living the dream in the 70s!
So, summer’s been concert heavy and I have no regrets. I’m just channeling my inner Bobby. Gotta do it while I’m young! Actually this weekend Evan and I are back at Molson Amphitheatre to see Blue Rodeo, another iconic Canadian band. Can’t wait to hear Lost Together and Five Days In May in person!