Toronto’s very own, Stars, hit the stage at The Phoenix this past Thursday night, and this home crowd was in for a treat. Fans of the band who can remember back ten years ago can allude to the fact that one of Stars most influential albums was released, titled Set Yourself On Fire. This year, on the ten-year anniversary, Stars decided to treat fans with a series of three shows on three different nights, dedicated to this legendary album, and play the album in its entirety.
With the Set Yourself On Fire vinyl set on centre stage, the band greeted the buzzing crowd with enthusiasm, taking possession of the room right away. The show began with lead singer Torquil Campbell holding the vinyl in the air above his head, screaming towards the crowd with proud ownership of his past work and the night that was ahead. He kicked off the night by placing the record on a vintage turntable, allowing the crowd to wait patiently in silence and faintly hear the legendary words, “When there’s nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire,” following with the booming live sounds of the infamous “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” for one very thrilled crowd.
The rest of the night followed suit with songs from the album that were all very well received by the crowd that has evidently been listening to the album over the past ten years. A huge reason as to why the show was so greatly acknowledged was as a result of the band playing a show that was solely dedicated to fans of the album. Not a word was spoken from the band throughout the live performance of the album—instead, it was all about the music. Both lead singers were undoubtedly passionate about their work, connecting with the crowd on the very edges of the stage, jumping and dancing around, singing to one another, and even rolling on the floor in defeat of putting their all into their songs.
Once the tribute portion came to a close, co-lead singer Amy Millan joked, “We still got it!” with Campbell adding, “You guys blew my mind. And you’ve been blowing my mind for 10 years. This meant so much to us, thank you for supporting our art, Toronto.” After a long applause in appreciation for bringing our favourite album to life, Stars finished off the night with new favourites from their album No One Is Lost, and even treating us with an old emotional hit, “Dead Hearts.” It is safe to say that Toronto is very proud to call Stars our own, and we will never forget the celebration of Set Yourself On Fire.