Headstones Melt Faces in Waterloo
Saturday night in Waterloo, Ontario may have been freezing rain and miserable outside but it was burning up inside Maxwell’s Concert Theatre. Now for those not familiar with this little gem of a venue nestled into the university town of Waterloo you are missing out. This place has played host to the likes of Steel Panther, Matt Good & The Trews to name a few. But on this chilling Saturday it was the “stompin’ grounds for one of Canada’s best in your face rock and roll bands the Headstones.
Opening the show with a powerful and raunchy set was Ottawa’s InHeat. And they knew how to kick it off in grand style! With a thunderous sound that really was rockin’ it didn’t take long for the Headstones crowd to get those heads bobbin’. It was a solid set that got the crowd primed for what we hoped would be a killer set by the Headstones.
Hugh Dillion takes to the stage telling the sound guy to turn the shit off that was playing as they made there way onto the very dimly light stage. It wasn’t intro music that Hugh was asking to have turned off. There wasn’t a big loud bass tone letting the audience know that the band was soon to hit the stage. They hit it in the dark carrying out a beverage telling the crowd it was time to rock. And for the next 75 min it was just that. One hell of a rock show. I recall standing in the crowd about half way through the set and one of the audience members leans over and says to me “I haven’t seen these guys perform in close to 16 years. And I don’t remember them being THIS fucking good.” I kind of find that funny because last year in Barrie when I saw them perform for the first time in a very long time I kind of thought the same thing. They have only gotten better with age and Hugh Dillion is still one of the best frontmen in any band playing today.
I am not going to go through every song that the fellas played but a couple of the highlights were Tweeter and the Monkey Man, Unsound and a kickass cover of one of my favourite songs of all time Kenny Rogers’s The Gambler. One of the cool parts of the shows is when Hugh decided to go and visit the the bar’s. That’s right. He climbs down off the stage push past the Headstone faithful till he reaches his destination at which time he climbs on top and belts out a tune. The fans, self included were eating that shit up!
When you have a chance to talk to people after a show and hear that they had been to 5 or 6 concerts this year and to hear them say that was hands down the best show of them all still speaks volumes in my opinion. Fans are what make a live show unique and the way that Hugh and the boys interact with their fans both during and after the show is something that a lot of bands can take a lesson from. This one lands in the top 3 of this years shows. Gotta hand it to these guys. They sure know how to please the crowd. New music in 2017 and we can’t wait to hear it!
Corey Kelly / @CoreyKelly76
Getting friendly in the pit with Hugh..