A Summer of Legends...

Posted by Jess Watt on September 6, 2010 12:01 PM

Musical legends that is. And yes, it has been a power-packed summer of concerts put on by  legends in all genres. George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars, Aerosmith and Sting to name a few. We're dealing with some heavy-hitters indeed. Before we start another season with fresh concert reviews and insights on possible soon-to-be legends, let's recap our legendary summer that was.

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Starting back in June at Toronto's annual NXNE music festival we were graced with both a legend and a LEGENDARY concert, held in the overflowing confines of Yonge & Dundas Square. The lustful Iggy Pop had the all ages, all backgrounds, crowd in a free for all frenzy. Intense.

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Weeks later the soul sounds of a Miss Bettye Lavette graced an under-attended concert hall as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival. Feeling the jazz vibe in our bones we traveled East to Montreal to take in their ever-popular International Jazz Festival. It was here, we waited and waited and waited for George Clinton to take the stage. And when he did, he was showed up by his own band, The P-Funk Allstars. Yes, he is legend and all, but loose the attitude dude.

Let the arguing begin now... Courtney Love. Yes, I'm gonna say it, "she is a legend." Not on the same legend levels of some of the others on this list, but she's still a legend in my mind. And for me this was the most anticipated concert of the summer. Have you heard heard her new disc? LOVE IT! Miss World did not disappoint. 

Sting thought he was performing legendary concerts this summer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but really it was just painful reworkings of Police songs that made him famous. A disappointment on a grand scale.

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The showman of showmanship, a true legend, Mr. Beatle, SIR Paul McCartney played two soldout shows in Toronto. Playing the best of The Beatles and Wings for over 3 hours each night, the Walrus did not disappoint the thousands he sang to, except for maybe a one, one who still would rather be a Rolling Stone.....!

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The month of August seemed to bring out the legendary rock acts of generations: Aerosmith and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Both playing their greatest hits to near soldout, multi-generational crowds. Though some may say Steven Tyler's fall into the crowd, early set is legendary, it didn't make the show. That was the antics of bandmate Joe Perry that made the show. I mean really, since when was it cool to whip off your belt, throw the buckle to the crowd and proceed to whip your guitar with said belt? Or better yet, 'stab" the amplifier with the neck of one of your many guitars. Is this how all guitar gods should perform?
Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers weren't nearly the spectacle of Aerosmith,  but that's not to say he didn't put on a great show, busting out the hits early on. 

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Closing out the summer of legends were Canadians, Blue Rodeo, who played their annual gig at the amphitheatre to an appreciative crowd. Though you can't really put a band like Blue Rodeo and someone like Sting in the same list, you can concur that Blue Rodeo are indeed Canadian legends.

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Other notable acts we covered that could be argued to be legends, some in their own mind, include the godfathers of grunge, Mudhoney, X, early hip hoppers, De La Soul, true-coloured, Cyndi Lauper, and Lady Gaga (c'mon, you've seen those videos! Legendary)

Agree or disagree with the list...regardless it's been a legendary summer. But now that summer's come to an end, its time to seek out new legends in music and September is promising to bring out a few. Keep your eyes here for new acts and the odd legend or two....yes, we're going to our first (!) Kiss concert.

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Compiled with photos by Jess Watt

Categories: Blog Entry , Music and Concerts