CONCERT REVIEW: The Maine @ The Opera House – 29.07.10

The Maine

After three years and two full length albums, the Arizona pop punk quintet The Maine finally have their first nationwide headlining tour. The tour is entitled “An Evening With The Maine” with some of the band’s favorite fellow Arizonian musicians Austin Gibbs and This Century.

The first time I saw The Maine was in summer 08 when they opened for Boys Like Girls on the Soundtrack of Your Summer tour, it was also the first time the band traveled across the border and they were promoting their debut album “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” on Fearless Records. For two years, the band’s continuous touring schedule with opening spots for popular pop rock bands like All Time Low and We The Kings. Their catchy music quickly gained them their own following (of course, the band members’ good looks also made it easier). In 2009, The Maine left the Fearless camp and got signed to major label Warner Bros Records, taking their career to a next level. This July, The Maine released “Black & White” and embarked on a two month headlining run. The tour hit Toronto on July 29th at a sold out Opera House.

This Century

This Century

The minute I heard about this tour, I knew it would be a sold out show as The Opera House is not a big venue and The Maine has way more fans than that place can house. Since it was a sold out concert, the line went all the way down the street beside the venue. I got there around 6:30pm and doors were opened at 6pm, but many fans were still making their way in. Due to the unfortunate delay, I missed solo artist Austin Gibbs’s opening performance. The second band is alternative rock quartet This Century who just broke their Toronto virginity. Though the band only has one EP out and the recorded full length is yet to be released, there were many fans looking forward to see their set. This Century’s set provided a great warmup for The Maine as singer Joel Kanitz was very engaging with the crowd.

The Maine

Fans of The Maine waited for so long for this headlining tour and they couldn’t wait any longer. As the fans saw the backdrop with the familiar text logo of The Maine, they cheered loudly in anticipation. Other than the backdrop, The Maine also acquired Mesa amps with their M logo adorned, the logos also illuminated during the show.

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine played a carefully picked 17 song set that includes songs from the band’s earliest EP to the band’s latest release. The set began with “Inside of You”, the band’s first single from the new album. The song also comes with a catchy drum intro by Pat Kirch that is perfect as a show opener accompanied by some confetti. The Maine’s frontman John O’Callaghan (John Oh) entered the stage shirtless, which earned some screaming and cheering from the female fans. During the chorus of “Girls Do What They Want”, John Oh came down the stage and asked a fan at the front to sing the chorus while he took her camera to record it, which I bet made the girl’s night. There was also an acoustic session with guitarist Jared Monaco for “Into Your Arms”, “Daisy” that ended with “Whoever She Is”. John Oh’s also sang a bit of Outkast’s “Roses”. John  Their set concluded with “We’ll All Be”, the last song on their first album, which I cannot think of a better way to end the set. Before singing the song’s last lines which were so important to John Oh that he had it tattooed across his chest, (“We all have been degraded, we all will be the greatest”) he gave a little speech telling everyone in the crowd that they are beautiful from the inside, this inspirational speech is great to walk away with from an awesome concert.

Text and photos by Jessie Lausiteсайт в топе