Show Reviews, Toronto — March 23, 2016 at 09:44

Marianas Trench at the Air Canada Centre

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via Strut Entertainment

via Strut Entertainment

The Never Say Die Tour, a Goonies reference in the spirit of Marianas Trench’s latest 80s themed album, hit Toronto last night as its last stop in Ontario. The 80s could be seen in more than just the tour’s title, as fans were asked to dress in their best 80s style and thus the arena was filled with crop tops and legwarmers (they were even being sold at the merch booth).

The band took to the stage in their best hair metal ensembles, and as with previous tours, opened with the title track off their most recent album, Astoria. The band then flew through some of their more upbeat tracks, including classics like “Celebrity Status” and new songs like “Yesterday”. It was clear that lead singer Josh Ramsay was channeling his inner Steven Tyler, as he pranced around the stage shirtless while showing off just how high his voice can go.

As with many shows, the real standout moments came with the slower, more emotional performances. One such highlight came when Ramsay made his way into the crowd and up to a piano that had been set up in the middle of the floor level. He then gave a heartbreakingly emotional piano rendition of “One Love”, which was later finished with the full band as he returned to the stage. Other noteworthy moments included performances of “Wildfire” and “Dearly Departed”, both of which are songs that Ramsay has expressed reluctance to sing due to the deeply personal content of the lyrics.

Continuing with the band’s flair for the dramatic, the night also included two separate Cirque du Soleil-esque acts, as Ramsay flew and twirled above the crowd in a harness, while belting out the lyrics to “Stutter” and “End of an Era” while mostly upside down. It was a pretty impressive feat.

When the confetti fell into the crowd and the band took their final bows, my ears rang with the familiar feeling of a fun night with great music.

The Never Say Die Tour moves on to Winnipeg on March 25th.

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