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Hedley’s Wild Live Tour w/ USS & Classified: Ottawa Style

Submitted by on April 1, 2014 – 8:21 pmNo Comment

HedleyHedley’s Wild Live tour came barreling through Ottawa, the Nation’s capital, as part of the last leg of the Ontario portion of the cross Canada tour.  The tour features Hedley, Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, Classified, and brother Mike Boyd, who just released a new album of his own, Note the Sarcasm on Halflife Records.

Despite having different genres, the three artists have one thing in common: they can draw a crowd live and make it go wild.

Even before the lights went down, the Canadian Tire Centre was filling up with people. There was a luminescent energy building that almost took on a life of its own. O-town was ready to party.USSU.S.S was the first to take the stage, and they did so like a flash fire. In their short, 20 minute set, they ripped through old and new hits, playing their lastest single “Yin-Yang,” and then going out with the hit from Approved  “Damini,” a song that ‘goes out to the elephants.’ Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons jettisoned around the stage like a torpedo. The set was hypnotic, loud, disorienting, and amazing.  In short, it was all things U.S.S. and it left us wanting more._MG_5813 Human KebabThe house lights flooded the venue, and USS’s set was dismantled and the inevitable wait began for the next set. The lights went down again, and suddenly, a haze grew over the crowd, Class was in session, and we were all about to get schooled.

Classified took the stage with brothers Mike, and Jacob. Mike Boyd, as you may be aware, is quickly becoming a hip-hop sensation of his own, while Jacob, although not as prone to hip-hop, threw down some amazing guitar to compliment the live beats.

The Boyds’ set lasted for close to an hour, with songs bouncing between Class and Mike. We were treated to “Inner Ninja”, the hit from last year, as well as many other classics, staples of any Classified show.The BoydsClassifiedThe crowd also got to go a little old-school, with a space-cowboy/OPP/90’s mash up, as well as some tracks from Mike Boyd’s new album. In short, we got a little taste of everything. When you see Classified, you know you’ll get a consistently solid show, and the addition of the other, arguably equally as talented brothers just adds to the dynamic.

They firmly took control of the stage, and held it for close to an hour, creating at one point a sea of lighters, and ending with the second national anthem “Oh… Canada.”

As Class’s set ended, and they began to take down his set, an eerie calm took hold of the Canadian Tire Centre, like before a storm. Suddenly, the stampede of thousands of women screams and shouts bumrushed the stage._MG_6004 _MG_6074 _MG_6138It was time for headliners, Hedley, to take the stage, ripping through an almost two and a half hour set, while fans wept ecstatically and screamed incessantly.

Story by Brian Talmey, Photos by Tee Onek (in Toronto, Air Canada Centre, March 27)

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