The Sheepdogs with Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs @ Massey Hall

It’s always a wild time when those Saskatoon boys roll into town, and Friday night’s show by The Sheepdogs was no different. In celebration of their Changing Colours release, The Sheepdogs brought a memorable performance to Massey Hall, along with some help from their friends, and local favourites, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs.

Kicking the night off, those denim-clad gentlemen of Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs had the crowd into it from the start. With a kick-ass song like “Talk 2 Her”, The Iron Lungs are having a big year. Opening up for one of Canada’s premier rock acts is only one of their many accomplishments from the year, but the immensity of playing a show at Massey Hall was not lost on them. Even Sam himself, by saying “I wrote this song when I was (a teenager) and never thought I’d be playing it at Massey Hall”, was lost in the moment, but never missed a beat!

Once the room had settled from Sam Coffey’s performance, it was time for The Sheepdogs to make their grand return to a Toronto stage. What better way to celebrate the release of a new album than by coming out to your latest single, “I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be”, to get the crowd into it. Personally, as a longtime Sheepdogs-fan, there was not much that the boys could have done to make their set better and there was something for everybody at this show! From classic tunes, like “Who?” and “Southern Dreaming”, to new favourites like “Downtown” and “The Way It Is”, the fans were loving it!

This definitely was not the band’s first rodeo, but they were definitely rodeo-ready in their matching western outfits! Fringe and flowers and facial hair, oh my! Ewan Currie, lead singer and guitarist of The Sheepdogs, commands a stage whenever he steps out, and Massey Hall on Friday night was no different. His deep tones and explosive rises helped to make sure that every person in there was brought to the emotional edge. A seasoned-road band, such as The Sheepdogs, knows how to create a setlist that can bring the average performance to the next level, and The Sheepdogs delivered.

While the band continues on with the Changing Colours Tour, the one thing that won’t change is the everlasting impression that the audience was left with by The Sheepdogs!

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