The last time I saw Danko Jones perform live was in the early 2000s. The show was in the basement at The Casbah in Hamilton. It’s one I have never forgotten. If you’re looking for loud, dynamically high energy yet still understandable music and lyrics, this band hits all of the markers for you. You can’t help but get taken over by Danko’s music. Their latest album ‘Power Trio’ doesn’t skip a beat in that department. This band has stayed consistent in their sound and quality over their 25-year existence. A real iconic Canadian Rock group.
You should get yourself to one of these Upcoming Shows:
You got your tickets yet to see us LIVE??
Dec 8 – St. Catharines @ Warehouse
Dec 10 – Waterloo @ Maxwell’s
Dec 11 – Toronto @ Phoenix
Dec 14 – London @ London Music Hall
Dec 17 – Ottawa @ Bronson Centre
Dec 18 – Oshawa @ Biltmore Theatre
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— Danko Jones (@dankojones) November 27, 2021
A last-minute plan came together this past Saturday evening that laid the groundwork for a perfectly enjoyable boys night out. Danko Jones graciously put Dean Blundell, Brad Hopper (Host of the ‘Offload Delay’ Podcast here on the network) and myself on the VIP. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be just Dean, but I’m not shy about elbowing my way into a killer concert.
Opening Act: The Anti Queens
This opener was no slouch. We made it in time to see The Anti Queens tear the roof off.
Danko Jones May just be Immortal
As I said, this band’s sound just doesn’t age. Danko’s energy also does not fade. This show felt just as electric as the one I saw almost 20 years ago. For the first official outing I have been on (Dean as well I believe) this was fucking awesome. Once we cleared the security screening QR codes and were inside, it felt like pre 2020 shenanigans. Hopper already had primed up on some gins at Dean’s before we left and was feeling no pain as he made nice with the VIP bartender. I was driving and Dean doesn’t drink, so Brad became our intermission entertainment. Poor fella doesn’t drink often, so he left a hefty deposit on the side of the 407 on the way home. It’ll make me feel better about paying that toll bill when it arrives.
The Phoenix Hosts a Safe Party
There was no messing around to get in. It was QR codes and accompanying ID only to get past the front gate outside. In a pandemic-era world, this diligence really sets your mind at ease coming in. Dean and I went outside at one point and watched as these guys took no shit from anyone. The venue should be commended for their work here. Who wants to be known as a super-spreader venue? That label nowadays sticks around like herpes. Great job, Phoenix! We also checked, and none of our rights felt infringed upon and there was literally zero tyranny in sight. Just great music, good friends and a really drunk Hopper.
Thanks again, Danko! You made us feel normal again! Now, someone check on Hopper. He might need an Advil and a Gatorade.