Friday, May 04, 2018

Theory of a Deadman at the Phoenix

Canadian band Theory of a Deadman headlined the Thursday, May 3, 2018 concert lineup at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre, joined by opening bands Falling for April and the Blue Stones. I was able to take in the show thanks to tickets from The Phoenix is at 410 Sherbourne and is only about 20 minutes away from the Eaton Centre, and is accessible with public transit from Wellesley or Carlton Streets. Tickets were listed for sale at $30 to $60 dollars and the beer prices are definitely reasonable.

Fans lined up for the 7pm doors open, 19+ musical event at the downtown music hall. Entrance to the venerable theatre included a search of bags and a thorough pat down from security before being allowed to present tickets inside the building. The general admission tickets allowed you to join the hundreds of fans in a standing room only performance experience, hemmed in by various bars and the island for the mixing engineer and his colourful sound board. There was an upstairs mezzanine with a balcony that included seats, however that was for VIPs so wear comfortable shoes for the hours you will spend on your feet.
We were impressed by the opening acts, especially the Blue Stones who played just before Theory came on stage. Ann downloaded their music before we even left the joint in our Uber pickup car. Theory of a Deadman really kills with their music and combined lighting and video show as the crowd really enjoyed their performance throughout the night. As short people we were lucky to find space on the elevated back section of the theatre which gave us just enough vertical lift to have a great view of the stage.
If you wanted to move through the crowd you needed some patience and persistence especially if you wanted to go to the bar and you were close to the stage. We didn’t want to budge from our primo spot so they might want to consider roving servers selling beer on the floor.

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