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Phoenix @ The Commodore Ballroom – September 3rd 2018

Singer Thomas Mars of French indie band Phoenix performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on September 3rd, 2018

Monday night saw French-born indie rockers Phoenix take over the infamous Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC.

The five-piece band played an evening-with performance sans opening act.

They started things off with “J-Boy” from their 2007 release Ti Amo, and as they did the once patient audience roared to life and with screams and enthusiastic movement.

The group was solid, so refined in their performance; sesynct and comfortable.

The lighting was simple but powerful. Rich monochromatic washes from behind the fivesome, with a mix of spotlights peppered throughout the first few songs of the night.

Everything felt dramatic and fun.

The reaction from the audience was an important piece of the experience. It felt like everyone was having their best night out, chanting and singing along, arms draped around the necks of their concert-going neighbours.

It was a pretty special display to see such an acclaimed band play at such smaller venue.

Phoenix should come back and play a residency at the Commodore; fifty nights with the French fiver.

Merci beaucoup mes amis.

Phoenix Setlist

J-Boy
Lasso
Entertainment
Lisztomania
Armistice
Too Young / Girlfriend
Long Distance Call
Ti amo
Trying to Be Cool
Sunskrupt!
Goodbye Soleil
If I Ever Feel Better/Funky Squaredance
Rome

Encore
Playground Love
(Air cover)
1901

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

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