Billy Talent’s DeadSilence Tour came to Dawson Creek’s EnCana Events Centre on March 18. While I am no stranger to rock concerts I can say with certainty that I’ve never felt more satisfied leaving a concert than I did on that night.
Indian Handcrafts kicked off the show. A guitar and drum due from Barrie, Ontario, they got the momentum going. Hollerado followed with their indie rock and power pop combo. Both these opening bands I had never heard of previously and I’m always thrilled to be exposed to new sounds.
Sum41 was definitely a big deal for me. From “Fat Lip” to “Blood in my Eyes” they dominated the stage and took me on a rock ‘n roll trip down memory lane. My 15 year old self was thrilled. Lead singer Deryck Whibley invited several audience members to watch their set from the side of stage, including one of Tumbler’s own.
Billy Talent, while having a different stage presence than Sum41, was phenomenal and captivating. Momentum built as the set progressed and by the end I couldn’t think of a single thing that would have made it better. The crowd on the floor was appropriately rambunctious, though lead singer Ben Kowalewicz made sure to ask the crowd to not hurt anyone and to “please respect the ladies”. They also made sure to give a shout out to their crew member Stilly who was celebrating his birthday. While the night was definitely about the music; that combined with some of the little moments really put the whole experience over the top for me.