After hours of working all day, it’s a rush to get to the party. Upon arriving there is a stage with a massive crowd all waiting to see Marianas Trench, one of the biggest bands in Canada. Going this way and that it’s hard to find a good spot to see the stage when everyone has already gotten there earlier. Finding a spot that has a perfect window through all the tall heads, yet there is a person sitting in a lawn chair in front of you. That doesn’t look safe; they’ll get trampled on by the crowd.
The Mayor of Brampton comes out and talks a storm about getting Marianas Trench to perform, let alone in Brampton. Finally without further a due the band come out on stage and the crowd goes wild. They open with Ever After off of their new record while jumping around. They played Haven’t Had Enough. People started throwing pancakes on stage, no lie there it was quite hilarious. They also played All To Myself, By Now, Porcelain, Fallout, and the crowd went crazy for Fallout. They also played B- Team, and Celebrity Status, and in between songs there was someone who had a bullhorn that you blow into to make noise, they were blowing it like crazy. Josh goes “Oh that one sounds ok” Then someone else blows really loud, even louder then the first, and Josh goes; “Oh that one not so much”.
In between one of these songs Josh goes, “I’m here for the cake” and he starts talking about a giant 12 by 9 cake, and then he goes “You know what that cake will give you… type 2 Diabetes”.
They got on acoustics and played Beside You. Josh goes “ok, I’m going to slow it down and play a ballade”. It was really well done. On TV they don’t sound great live, but actually go to see these guys live and they sound terrific!
There was a girl in the audience who was wearing a mustache, and Josh tells her; “You look even worse in a mustache then I do. I look like… I’m not even going to say what I look like because this is a family event” All you can do is laugh.
They played Shaketramp and the 13-year-old girl in me got very excited. You see I’ve loved Marianas Trench since I was 13. I remember when that song came out, it was my anthem, and I got to hear it live, it was amazing
There was an intermission when everyone started screaming encore, encore, encore. By this time many people had left and people were moving up to the front of the stage fast.
They came back, and he had a “Canadian” guitar. He found it in a pawnshop in downtown Toronto just the day before. It was a red guitar in the shape of a maple leaf. Pretty sweet. They played Desperate Measures where he asked us if we were ready to dance with him. This was when the crowd got really rowdy, and jumping was involved. The whole time most people stayed where they were and it wasn’t a mosh feeling, just the feeling of seeing a band live, but not feeling it. That’s when they played Stutter, and Toy Soldiers, and it felt like they let the barricades holding us in went down and everyone raced forward. It was the moment, the fucking moment right there, as Alex Gaskarth would say, that the crowd got crazy and everyone was moshing on top of others. Bodies upon bodies, sweat, and a hint of body odor can be smelt, but it’s the fucking moment when the show came together as seeing and feeling. The raw energy from the crowd, it was the climax.
They then closed the show with Cross My Heart, which had the crowd all in frenzy and people were everyone jumping, dancing. It was the perfect way to end the night.
Another great night to add to books.
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