February 9, 2019
Photos and review courtesy of J. Dirom Photography
I have considered the Arkells as Canada’s premiere rock band since the release of High Noon in 2014. They have always been a high energy act with frontman Max Kerman leading the charge. Calgary has seen the band play venues from the Commonwealth, to the Calgary Stampede and the Palace. Ever show packed with fans, but tonight would be a bigger stage. It would be the first time that the band would play the Saddledome. A coming of age for the Hamilton based rockers. It is well deserved. They have spoiled Calgary over the past few days from performing “Peoples Champ” with the students of Calgary Art’s Academy earlier in the week, then performing on the X92.9 C-Train Car as well as playing dulling pianos at Studio Bell prior to the night performance.
The move to a larger venue still couldn’t contain the energy of frontman Max Kerman, and that energy was contagious as the crowd sung along and danced in their seats. Throughout the night. In the move to a larger venue the Arkells added a three piece brass ensemble that riches the sound throughout the night. The band was firing on all cylinders. Fans were ecstatic, singing along with “Leather Jacket”, and cheering as Kerman pulled out a prop telephone to “call the crowd”, and ask “How you doing Calgary!” You could hear the overwhelmed excitement of fans in the front row as some were near tears as the screamed, “This is amazing.”
The Arkells put-on an amazing show, that should not be missed. It is beyond a doubt that they truly are Canada’s premiere rock band, who are working harder than ever for their fans to bring them an amazing unparalleled high energy show.
Never Thought That This Would Happen
Show Me Don’t Tell Me
No Champagne Socialist / Oh, the Boss Is Coming!
Eyes on the Prize
Only for a Moment
Come to Light
And Then Some
I’m Not the Sun
Knocking at the Door
Hand Me Downs
Dancing Queen (ABBA cover)
My Heart’s Always Yours