When Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth announced that they would be going on a dual-headlining tour, a swell was created that hadn’t been seen since the early 2000’s. With the constant rotation of today’s popular artists, could two alternative rock bands from the 90’s stake their claim for relevance in 2016? Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth definitely argued a good case at Massey Hall, on October 24th.
After a rousing performance by The Standstills, I Mother Earth took to the Massey Hall stage to a sold-out crowd. On this night, IME joined forces with founding lead singer, Edwin, to bring back the flair that the band had when they debuted in 1991. On an Edwin-era night, I Mother Earth stormed through such classics as, ‘Used To Be Alright’, ‘So Gently We Go’, and ‘One More Astronaut’, before they wrapped up the night with ‘Rain Will Fall’, off of 1996’s Scenery and Fish. Edwin didn’t skip a beat, and his vocals sounded as good as ever, with original members (and brothers) Christian and Jagori Tanna, providing the explosive backing to Edwin’s signature sound. This was a night for the fans, touching upon all of the familiar go-to tunes, and Edwin bringing the crowd to their feet, never to return to their seats.
With I Mother Earth all wrapped up, it was time for Raine Maida and Our Lady Peace to bring the crowd to their feet once again.
While Our Lady Peace hasn’t released anything formal since 2012’s Curve, the band has been very busy over the past couple of years with tours throughout Canada and the US. For the first of two nights at Massey Hall, Raine Maida made the experience one to remember. With the dual-headlining slot on this tour, Our Lady Peace was limited in timing, but was able to make up for it through their strong performance. With a career spanning 24 years, and 8 studio albums, OLP had a lot of ground to cover, but made sure to touch upon some of their greatest hits. From ‘One Man Army’ and ‘Superman’s Dead’, to new favourites, ‘Angels/Losing/Sleep’ and ‘Not Enough’, there was more than enough for even a casual fan to get excited about.
Our Lady Peace even paid tribute to Canadian music legends, with ‘Paper Moon’ being dedicated to Neil Young, and mixing in a cover of ‘Grace, Too’ to honour Gord Downie. As Maida proclaimed to the crowd, before busting into ‘In Repair / Grace, Too’, the song is about healing, and “that’s what his night is all about”. With Our Lady Peace debuting their new song, ‘Drop Me in the Water’, let’s hope this is a sign that we will be receiving some more OLP-‘healing’ in the near future.