Hedley’s Wild Live Canadian Tour w/ USS & Classified
Hedley’s Wild Live cross-Canada Tour kicked off in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre with Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker [USS] and Classified, along with brother Mike Boyd who just released “Note The Sarcasm” on Halflife Records.
All three artists on this tour have something in common to celebrate, despite the inherent genre differences between the three of them. While the tour itself with Hedley is in support of their newest album “Wild Live,” the other two acts have their own new records to share on this tour. USS of Toronto just recently released their newest album “Advanced Basics” back in February, their fourth studio album. And Classified’s younger brother of course just released his first album, which is why he joined the tour with the gang.
Speaking with Boyd after the show, he mentioned that this was the second tour Classified’s entourage has done with Hedley, as Class and Dave Rosin are actually really close friends.
The show opened promptly at 7 p.m. with the inherent “Synergy” of USS’s opening track of their last album Approved “Yo Hello Hooray (Everyday.)”
At this point the Air Canada Centre was about half-capacity but was filling up slowly. USS only played for about 20 minutes, which is unfortunate because they’re an amazing live act to see, but for those who hadn’t seen them before, they definitely got a solid taste of what the Human Kebab Jason Parsons and lead singer Ashley Buchholz have to offer. Parsons even proceeded to start a handstand foot clap.
“We were stoked to play another new track tonight “Nepal,” we had just added to the set list but we were cut short and couldn’t play it,” said Buchholz after their set. “But we’re playing another big show in July in Toronto so people can look forward to that.”
Every minute of their short set was packed start to finish with amazing tracks and crowd hyping from Parsons. Especially when they played their hit single off the new record “This Is The Best.” USS got everyone in the crowd to say “uhhhh” with them on cue. After USS broke down their set, it was time for legendary self-made east coaster Classified to hit the stage, this time with a twist. Although Mike was there to support his brother on this tour, Classified was in return supporting his little brother’s new release on his Halflife Records label. The two exchanged verses back and forth from the new tracks. Of course, if you’ve ever seen Classified live, some things never change. No matter what you can count on hearing his two most popular, and considered to be his signature songs “Maritimes,” and “O’ Canada,” because hip-hop is nothing without repping where you’re from and what made you. Not to mention respecting the classics that inspired you to begin with, something Classified likes to pay tribute to at each of his shows with a hip-hop medley.
The last but not least of the stand out features of Classified’s set, was also the addition of the youngest of the Boyd brothers, Jacob, who is not a hip-hopper, but yet a pretty solid guitarist. He threw down some licks to complement the live instrumentations Class displayed.The Boyds’ set lasted about 30-40 minutes, then it was time for the main event.
At this point, the ACC was jam packed, and you could barely see a vacant seat (except for the other half of the arena behind the stage, but that doesn’t count.)
When Hedley came out, the girls went wild. Enough said.