From the moment The Intelligence hit the stage, it made perfect sense as to why they were chosen to open the night. The band blasted through their short opening set with a great sound, prepping the audience for the main event. The crowd seemed eager to hear more from this band, hoping that they return to Toronto soon, for a headlining show.
“You may think there are two bands on this stage now, but we are one.” lead singer Alex Kapranos told the audience part way though the evening. Franz Ferdinand, Scottish rock band, and Sparks, American pop-rock group (who have been around for nearly 45 years!), came together to put out their collaborative album, FFS, back in June. After 31 shows across Europe and Japan, fans at The Phoenix Concert Theatre were happy to welcome FFS to their first North American show.
The energy was high and not a single person in the room could help themselves from dancing along with the music. Even 70 year old keyboard player Ron Mael had a dance solo during Sparks song “The Number One Song In Heaven”. The band did a great job of splitting up the tunes, three Sparks songs, three Franz Ferdinand songs, and all twelve from FFS. Two songs that really stood out for the crowd were the big Franz Ferdinand hits “Do You Want To” and “Take Me Out”. They ended off the night by playing FFS song “Collaborations Don’t Work”, but after seeing these two bands working together so well, it proves that collaborations DO work!
– By Dylan Hall