December 9, 2022 @ 05:12 pm 🔗 Post Link
Music, 54.40,Horseshoe Tavern Toronto
Well, that was an obvious demographic change. I guess not surprisingly for a band that has been rocking for close to 40 years their fans would be a bit older but wow, that was an older crowd last night. I mean, it made me feel pretty young. I’m getting to get point where many of my favourite musicians are getting up there or (gasp) dying. But enough about inevitable impending doom – there was rock to be had! The show was attended by Bill, Ury and I. Bill and I grabbed some food close to the venue at the Black Bull. It was decent, we tried another location but there was a work party. You wouldn’t know however because no note was on the door. *hmpt* We had a bevy at the long narrow Horseshoe Tavern before the show. It is incredible that the venue has been around for over 75 years! The opening act I’ve never heard of were named Ferraro. They were clearly competent musicians and played a solid set. They were a good warm up for 54.40. I did find them a bit generic, however. *shrug* 54.40 have been touring for decades and the comfort and showmanship was clearly evident. It is great to see a band that is grateful for what they have had and showered the opening band, their fans and the venue with some thanks. It is maybe a small thing but it shows the class this band has. 54.40 played a lot of classic cuts including my favourite Radio Luv Song. There was a lot of effort made to interact with the crowd and Neil told a few insightful stories about the band. They blended ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and ‘Rebel Rebel’ into their material. I love when bands craft little surprises into their set. It was a fun night. Boos however to the idiot with the massive napsack that was in front of me for most of the show. That napsack could easily fit three bowling balls. Who brings a massive bag to a gig?! Dumbass. Anyway heading North so I’ll revisit this rushed entry.