CONCERT REVIEW: The Rocket Summer @ The Opera House – 06.04.10

The Rocket Summer

This is the formula to a perfect show: intimate venue + no barricades + crazy crowd + a favourite city the band hasn’t played in 1.5 year + new album from said band + a charismatic frontman

Is this impossible? Nah, The Rocket Summer pulled that off on April 6th, 2010 at The Opera House in Toronto.

The Rocket Summer is an alternative/power pop band from Dallas, Texas. Frontman Bryce Avary plays every role of a band and production. He is the producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, bassist and drummer. The talented Avary released his first EP when he was 16 and never stopped since.

The Rocket Summer

Loyal fans were disappointed as the band has not been back to Toronto after the headlining run in September 2008 but were excited to see the band on the roster for the entire Vans Warped Tour 2010. Even better, The Rocket Summer announced a short headlining tour in the East Coast before heading out to open for alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls. The show in Toronto was announced less than a month before the show date, although it was not sold out, many eager fans showed up.

The Rocket Summer

The Rocket Summer

The backdrop that has “The Rocket Summer” logo sprawled across: check. The lights that spell out the new album “Of Men and Angels”: check. The lights dimmed, and the show began with a keyboard solo from Avary. Starting off the set was “Hills and Valleys”, the second single from the new album. Then it was “Do You Feel” and “Save”, from his third full-length album. Bryce Avary is a charmer on stage, his passion for music is undeniable. As a Christian, his trust and faith in God is obvious through his music and stage antics. At a Rocket Summer show, you would not hear any swearing and the fans are the nicest you could find at any all-ages show (eg. fans at front wouldn’t mind to scoot over if you politely ask them to). There is nothing pretentious about a TRS show; everything is genuine and positive (“I’ll help you break the walls down and bust you out and take you home, believe you me, you are not alone.” In the middle of the show, Avary took the stage on his own and played drums, bass, guitar and keyboard and put it all on loop then sang over it. This is always the most entertaining part of a TRS show as Avary also shows off his moonwalk skills. Talk about multi-talented. On top of his songs, Avary also played a beautiful rendition of The Beatles’ “Blackbird”. As if the show is not intimate enough, Avary played “I Want Something To Live For” on acoustic guitar among the crowd which brought the crowd’s excitement to a higher level. The set was long and satisfying, featuring songs from old albums and the new, such as the upbeat and motivating single “You Gotta Believe”, the honest “I Need a Break… But I Would Rather Have a Breakthrough”, the title track “Of Men and Angels” from the new release. After the classic ending song “So, In This Hour…/You Tell Me To Live”, Avary comes back for a much requested encore and took requests from fans. To satisfy everyone, he played a few verses from old songs such as “Never Knew”, “Treasure”, “What We Hate, We Make”. Fans were screaming for him to sing “Colors” and he did. He also claimed “if I get old and lose my hearing, I’m blaming Toronto” which was only responded with more cheering. “Light” closed off the wonderful set and it was evident that fans were already excited to see The Rocket Summer again in a few months on the Vans Warped Tour.

Text and photos by Jessie Lau
Translated by Jaime Chuрекламное агентствопозиции сайта в гугле