Last night, I had the privilege of seeing both Albert Hammond Jr. and Phoenix live at Metropolis in Montreal. What an amazing concert! Both bands wowed the crowd and had my friends and I dancing like crazy in front row!
The opening act was Albert hammond Jr., whom we saw at Jake Bugg. I had gotten these tickets for my friend Tiana as a birthday present, and we both knew it was because of Albert. He’s such a talented musician, and it’s all the better that he’s a Strokes member (one of our favourite bands)! This time, we were prepared for the band. We arrived with signs, and he noticed us immediately. We basically had conversations with Albert and the lead guitarist Mikey. We became known as the front row girls, and Albert even shouted out a song for us, saying ‘this one’s for the girls in dresses’ (We were all three wearing dresses).
We didn’t think the night could get any better, and then Phoenix came on. WHOA. I saw them perform last year at Osheaga, but it must’ve been the front row vibes we were getting, because this was a performance. They tore up the stage. Thomas, the lead singer, almost crowd surfed three times and actually crowd surfed once, he grabbed my hand twice, and he sat down on the ledge right in from of the stage (and us) and sang to us. Not even a foot away. It was amazing.
After the concert, we (obviously) went to the back and met the members of the bands! Unfortunately, Albert had left, but we still met Mikey and Jeremy, his drummer, as well as three of the members of Phoenix.
Jeremy, drummer for Albert Hammond Jr.Mikey, lead guitarist of Albert Hammond Jr.Christian Mazzalai, guitarist/bassist for PhoenixDeck d’Arcy, guitarist/keyboards for PhoenixThomas Mars, lead singer of Phoenix