Travie McCoy Montreal Concert Review
With a line that wrapped around the block, it was easy to see that Montreal was ready for Travie McCoy's Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Tour. Opening up for Travie on Friday night were Boston's Bad Rabbits and Black Cards.
First up were Bad Rabbits. This Boston based band provided the perfect start to the night. Frontman Dua Boakye's vocals were simply amazing; soulful doesn't even begin to describe it. Adding a modern twist to an old school style, Bad Rabbit's definitely made a lot of new fans during their performance. Boakye proved to be quite the frontman not only interacting with the crowd, but also with his bandmates. From flying chest bumps to in dancing in unison with them, their set was very entertaining.
Make sure you catch Bad Rabbits when they come back to Montreal as part of the Warped Tour.
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Probably best known as Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz's side project, the Black Cards were up next; unfortunately for his many fans, Pete wasn't there. Guitarist Nate Patterson welcomed the crowd and let us know that Pete had to fly back to LA to handle some "important business". The good news was that the show would go on; albeit acoustically.
Playing crowd favorites like Dominos and Club Called Heaven, lead singer, Bebe Rexha's sultry voice created a smoky club like atmosphere which was quite the change from the dance club atmosphere created by Bad Rabbits. While it would have been interesting to see a full blown plugged in set from Black Cards, their acoustic set was great.
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After the chilled out acoustic set from Black Cards, Travie McCoy and his band brought the energy right back up from the moment they took the stage. Starting the night off with Akidagain, Travie also played some of his hit singles including Billionaire and Need You.
Even though it was only the second show of the tour, Travie let the crowd know that Montreal has been the loudest crowd he's heard; he even went as far as to say that when compared to the Toronto crowd from the previous night, "we've shitted all over them". Take that Toronto! Admitting that he was just getting over a cold, he said we should help him sing adding that we sing better than he does anyways. The crowd took him up on the offer singing along loudly to the point where Travie asked for the sound in his in-ears to be turned up.
Staying close to the edge of the stage keeping within arms reach of the crowd, Travie proved to be quite the ladies man, winking and smiling at the ladies in the crowd at every chance. To put it mildly, his smile is infectious, looking at the crowd from my vantage point; I couldn't help but notice the smiles on the faces in the crowd throughout the set.
Coming back for an encore, Travie and his band played After Midnight and capped off the night with a performance of Travie's other band, Gym Class Heroes hit single Cupid's Chokehold.
It’s safe to say that cupid’s arrow was right on target because Montreal clearly fell in love with Travie.
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