May 31, 2011

Concert: Wolf Parade x Last Show Ever x Commodore Ballroom

Wolf Parade's last show ever with Himalayan Bears and Frog Eyes live in concert at the Commodore Ballroom on May 30, 2011.

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Amazing. Wolf Parade ended their run as they started it with incredible energy and fire. They played all their hits and notable songs early and often.

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

I marvelled at the pulsating renditions of songs like "Ghost Pressure", and older favourites like "Shine a Light" and "I'll Believe in Anything".



As one of my all-time favourite Canadian bands, I absolutely had to be at their "last show ever".

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

They were thunderous last time I saw them at the Vogue Theatre. And they managed to pump up the volume of that even higher.

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

I met up quickly with everyone's favourite fashionista, Alicia Quan. She was super bummed her DSLR camera was taken away in as the Commodore is pretty strict about professional photography at their shows.

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

I was dog tired from work, after-work drinks and oysters (more on that later), wandering downtown before the concert and two serviceable but vaguely memorable (because I was out of it not because of their performances) opening acts.

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However, I managed to be adequately amped up for the pumping sounds and music of my favourite animal named Canadian indie rock band.

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

The show was amazing and a great, fitting way to cap off a stellar body of work and musical career for this indie rock outfit from Montreal by way of Vancouver and Victoria.

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

It was beyond most any other shows in terms of entertainment and feel. The energy of the four was magnetic. Any fan would be hard pressed to ask for anything more from them.

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I should be more sad about their ending as band, but they left everything on the stage. They more than deserve some time to work on their other, many projects.

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom
"Thank you for the music, Wolf Parade. The [B.C./Quebec] band just played their final chords of glory with the audience on stage too at the Commodore." Grant Lawrence
Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

For their last song, they did a cover of Bob Dylan's classic "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" with a stage invasion. It was an epic finale to an equally epic band.

Wolf Parade | Commodore Ballroom

I saw infamous Vancouver concert junkie Mikala Taylor with her rockhands capturing the show front and centre.

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I'm sure the band's other musical projects, Sunset Rubdown, Handsome Furs, Moonface, and so on will continue to do great things. Although it was billed as the "last show ever", the bandmates were in great spirits and hopefully things will come together again someday in the future to break their indefinite hiatus.

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