The Glorious Sons are no strangers to Vancouver and every time they visit, they sweep up more fans to the cause.
Last time the Kingston ON natives where in town it was for a a two-night stint at the Commodore, this time they were back, bigger than ever, filling the much larger PNE Forum.
While the band went on to deliver a stellar performance, it was one that was tinged with a large degree of sadness. Shortly before taking the stage the band announced the news that bassist Chris Huot’s brother had suddenly passed away.
The band has started a Go Fund Me fundraiser to help support Adrian Huot’s wife and two small children.
You can donate at this link
Given the news it incredible that the band pushed on with the show. It was fitting that singer Brett Emmons asked, for, and received from the crowd a minute’s silence in remembrance, before opening the set with a somber rendition of Amigo from the bands debut album, The Union.
This was not to be the only moment of reflection during the show, an acoustic version of Come Down saw subdued lighting and Emmons taking a perch on a speaker stack. One Church Town had a similar low-key start, but this slow burner went out in full glory much to the delight of the fans.
In between these more reflective moments, the band absolutely nailed the other songs in the set. Sawed Off Shotgun saw Emmons leaving the stage to go mingle with fans , and Panic Attack saw him almost flying off the stage when a monitor gave way as he stepped on it to point his mic to the crowd.
Many of the highlights of the night came from the latest album A War on Everything, A Funny Thing Happened, and the improbably named The Ongoing Speculation Into the Death of Rock and Roll being a couple of standouts.
All in all the band put on a great show under less than ideal circumstances.
Gallery : Stewart Johnstone