VOGUE THEATRE – vancouver

Over the years Swedish power metal band Sabaton have carved out niche for themselves, and have become famous for their songs of war and heroism.  After almost 20 years in the business, founding members Joakim Brodén (vocals) and Pär Sundström (bass) continue to bring their unique blend of storytelling and raw power to a legion of adoring fans.

The band rolled into Vancouver on Valentine’s Day, and did not disappoint. As soon as the opening bars of In the Army Now started up on the PA the audience was ready for action. It was clear from the start of the show when the band hit the stage for Ghost Division that tonight was going to be a whole lotta fun.

There are certain bands that really know how to have fun and connect with their fans, and Sabaton are right at the top of the league in this regard. Their infectious smiles and playfulness were a hallmark of the night. After a few songs in Brodén was joking with the crowd about not being a boy band, and was noticeable speechless at the great the reception the band was getting.  The connection with the fans is such that at one point in the show he even got a letter from the crowd, but politely said he would read it after the show…

The bands powered through hits from their latest album The Last Stand, including Blood of Bannockburn (although no bagpipes on stage for this one), Sparta and Winged Hussars. They also included many fan favourites including Uprising, Lion of the North and Swedish Pagans.

Overall a great gig, and hopefully not the Last Tour, as the name suggested fingers crossed for more.

Images copyright Stewart Johnstone