By Barbara Brander
November 21, 2015
CALGARY — Three Days Grace brought their A-game with opener Halestorm to MacEwan Hall on their current Canadian Tour that wraps up soon before continuing in the U.K. next year.
Strong opener Halestorm from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, with powerful lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, quickly brought the crowd to an energized level with songs “Apocalyptic” and “I Like it Heavy” from their 2015 release Into The Wild Life. Earlier songs from their discography also made an appearance, including “Love Bites (So Do I)” and “Freak Like Me.” A drum solo with oversized drumsticks later produced by Arejay Hale was a definite highlight.
Platinum-selling Three Days Grace then took the stage. Lead vocalist Matt Walst brought a highly energetic, consistently driving vocals and stage presence while performing their signature alternative rock style that young and older fans gravitate to. Flanked by accomplished lead guitarist Barry Stock, bassist Brad Walst, and drummer Neil Sanderson, who played an impressive drum solo, the quartet demonstrated they are tightly knit and charismatic with strong stage appeal.
New music from their 2015 compilation Human such as “I Am Machine,” “Human Race” and “Fallen Angel” were complimented by some of the heavier favourites such as “I Hate Everything About You” and “Animal I Have Become,” which brought the crowd to another level.
There is something to be said about the music that originated in previous generations and still maintains the power, strength and timelessness of today. The newer songs in the 2015 Human compilation continue along that same rich, deep style of their earlier material, making the concert an enjoyable blend of old and new. It’s a positive feeling to see Three Days Grace’s continued musical journey and influence.AB, Alberta, Haelstorm, MacEwan Hall, Three Days Grace