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Royal Blood + War Baby @ The Commodore Ballroom – August 8th 2017

Royal Blood @ The Commodore Ballroom - August 8th 2017

When I entered the Commodore Ballroom, the buzzing from the crowd was already palpable. You could feel the anticipation as everyone waited for the show to begin.

The Commodore is always a fantastic venue to see live music, it’s smaller and more intimate with great viewing options. Which means you don’t need to just be in the crowd to have a good time.

War Baby at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on August 8th, 2017

War Baby setting the tone with some ferocity

After an hour, the opening band, Vancouver’s own War Baby, arrived on stage. I had never heard of this three-piece but the energy they gave off was contagious; a fun opening act to get everyone ramped-up and ready to rock. Even with their microphone volume being left a little low, their musicianship really made for an intriguing and powerful performance.

After War Baby exited the stage, there was about a half-an-hour wait during which there was this unexplainable energy in the air. Shirts were coming off, final beers were being chugged, and the eager mob became all the more cozy.

Mike Kerr + Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on Auugst 8th. 2017

Mike Kerr + Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood flooded in light

A haze of smoke covered the stage and the purple glow of backing light filled the air, reflecting off of Ben’s drum kit. Then, finally, Royal Blood took the stage. The roar of the audience was incredible. Opening with “Where Are You Now” and following with “Lights Out” the fans went crazy.

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on August 8th, 2017

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood shredding on his bass-guitar hybrid

With the band only being a two piece, one would assume they would be quite stationary, but despite needing to be by their instruments and microphones they still managed to bring excitement, power, and movement to the show, making excellent use of the stage. Mike had mentioned his voice was not doing so well that day yet his singing and bass playing were as phenomenal as expected. Ben brought power and feeling to his drum playing, showing the emotion going into every hit and delivering an astonishing drum solo, mid-set.

Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on August 8th, 2017

Ben Thatcher looking menacing behind the kit.

Finishing off their performance with my personal favourite “Ten Tonne Skeleton” followed by “Out Of The Black” really ended things with a bang. Between the talent, passion, and wall of lights behind the band, it made for one of the best shows I’ve ever attended and I would recommend seeing them live even if you don’t know them. The talent from these individuals is very inspiring and I encourage anyone who loves some good rock music to go check them out and see them live if the opportunity arises.

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on August 8th, 2017

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood ripping it up.

Royal Blood Setlist
Where Are You Now?
Lights Out
Come on Over
I Only Lie When I Love You
Little Monster
Hook, Line & Sinker
Blood Hands
She’s Creeping
Hole in Your Heart
Figure It Out
Loose Change

Encore:
Ten Tonne Skeleton
Out of the Black

Mike Kerr & Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on August 8th, 2017

Mike Kerr & Ben Thatcher revving up the crowd.

Photos © Jamie Taylor//Cryptic Photography

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