On a Friday night, what’s better than to catch a show in Little Burgundy at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre? A little known fact: originally this venue was built for silent films in 1912 under the name of the Duchess Theatre. Nowadays you can catch the hottest acts on the music circuit, like tonight with Gerard Way making a stop in La Belle Province.
Tonight, like most nights, we had to wait before our ears and eyes feasted on the headliner, so for the appetizer we got to know Nuns from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This rock band can definitely play. Their music is rather interesting as it’s played with a tone that I have not experienced in a long time. It’s rather mellow with big guitar and drums, and just the right amount of bass. This is definitely the type of music you want to chill our to, or maybe write a book to, but I found the live show lacked something. Maybe it was due to the lack experience, or maybe they were just tired, as this was the last show of the Gerard Way tour. Hank Hanewinkel III (vocals/guitar) was on top of his game and picked up the slack for Chris Davis (Bass) and Christian Sanchez (Guitar). Both were great musicians, but I would have loved to see more energy and seen them use up the stage space they had more to their advantage. Christy Hanewinkel was a joy to listen to on drums and fun to watch. This is what I would call good “mood music” and you should check them out.
How could I tell that Gerard Way was about to hit the stage? The herd of women screaming each time a stagehand walk on the stage. I started thinking I was at a One Direction show, and I had to put in my earplugs. The screams just got louder as the backdrop showing Lola the Pink Monkey appeared. Gerard made his way on stage and got started with a bang with “The Bureau,” the first track off his only album so far. It’s clear that this guy has his following, and people have followed him even without My Chemical Romance; he is a wonderful front man. While his message may be the same, the music is a tad different; it’s more on the Britpop side, and it works. As you would expect with only one album, he played all his songs, along with a cover of “Snakedriver” by The Jesus and Mary Chain. The highlight of this show for me was when he started accepting gifts from the crowd, notably a Quebec flag and a note from a Twitter follower that said “Unblock Me on Twitter!”, which made me wonder what this person did to deserve that. He replied, “I will unblock you, but you have to behave on social media.” His performance of “Brother” stood out the most for me during his set. Having seen him previously with My Chemical Romance I thought this show was good, but not memorable unfortunately. Maybe next time he will blow my socks off. He finished with a new song called “Don’t Try.”
Written and Photographed by Eric Brisson Eric Brisson Photography