Saturday, 9 May 2009

Believers Never Die Tour in Toronto and Montreal

I've been in Canada the past week and only returned to the UK yesterday. It was a good week. Managed to see two shows on the Believers Never Die tour in Toronto and Montreal, featuring All Time Low, Cobra Starship, Metro Station and Fall Out Boy.
I only got a photo pass for the show in Montreal, so photos are from that show on May 6th. The Montreal show was moved to the more popular Metropolis venue in downtown Montreal from the CEPSUM Montreal university venue, so it was smaller and easier to get to. I was relieved it was at Metropolis instead, especially when the VIA Rail train I got from Toronto was late arriving into Montreal due to asbestos on one of the tracks! So I missed the meet and greet and was unable to give out my promo photos to the fans like I usually do before Fall Out Boy shows, but still gave out the free Overcast Kids necklaces to those meet and greet winners who I saw in the front row. This was the second time I'd seen both Fall Out Boy and Metro Station in Montreal, as last August I also photographed Metro Station at the same venue when they were with Good Charlotte and Fall Out Boy I saw on the 2007 Honda Civic Tour at the Bell Centre. Two members of one of Canada's most successful rock bands, Simple Plan, were amongst the audience on May 6th, Chuck and Seb and their old merchandise boss and tour buddy Patrick Langlois who co-owns Role Model Clothing with Chuck and Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier. Metro Station toured Canada with Simple Plan in the fall of 2008. It was great to chat to those guys again at the afterparty, as everyone who is familiar with my live photos and blogs knows I've photographed Simple Plan just as many times as Fall Out Boy in lots of different countries!
Cobra Starship did a DJ set after the Toronto show at a small club called the Wreck Room downtown, but I was way too tired to stay late. Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta got embarressingly drunk that night, but nothing stopped him from keeping in great spirits the next day in Montreal for an even more energetic DJ set with Pete Wentz at the very chic Buonna Notte Supper Club in downtown Montreal. I got a few photos from that party, you can see more from the party and the full set of live shots from the show on the sites listed below.
Me pictured with Gabe Saporta and Pete Wentz in the DJ booth, at the Fall Out Boy and Cobra Starship party at the Buonna Notte Supper Club in Montreal. May 6th, 2009.

Don't be too alarmed by the bruised and battered looks of Fall Out Boy in my photos. It was all part of the act for the opening of the show!

All the photos from the Fall Out Boy concert in Montreal will be on the following websites within the next few days -

Video captures on my YouTube page soon.

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