Granville—(March 20, 2017) Monday night at the Commodore Ballroom was the hometown closer for the Japandroids rock duo's last show on the North American leg of their world tour supporting the release of their acclaimed third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life.
Things were electric for the adoring and headbanging crowd of longtime fans and friends with opener Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers (headed by eponymous The Hold Steady frontman) kicking things off with energetic yet considerably more mellow set priming us the the all-out rock celebration to come.
Guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse were in fine spirits all evening going late into the night with an extended performance full of their most notable tracks to mark the end of the triumphant comeback tour.
It was an emotional night and concert with King relaying many hometown memories, shouting out longtime supporters, and remarking on their long journey as a band from humble roots.
The raw sounds and hard rock vibes of the beloved DIY rockers felt like a culmination of their success and path to victory. They've grown as musicians and storytelling evolving from the basic, stripped-down rack aesthetic to move their distinctive sound forward.
The show finished with a rousing and manic cover of the AC/DC classic "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" with Finn on vocals closing the show in a suitably epic fashion.
But there's no rest for the wicked as Japandroids head out to tour Europe and the UK next month.
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