Concert review: Platimum Blonde makes Montreal comeback
Here in the U.S., we sometimes forget about all the amazing music still being performed by bands just north of us in Canada. Stuck in the '80s correspondent Peter Ryan, based in Montreal, is always happy to help us by attending the shows we'll never get to see down here. Here's his review of Friday night's concert by Platinum Blonde.
New wave bleached haircuts were the order of the evening on Friday as Platinum Blonde provided approximately 1,000 music fans in Montreal with a thrilling show at the intimate setting of Theatre L'Astral. Lead singer Mark Holmes apologized to the eager audience for the band's 16-year absence from Montreal, but certainly made up for lost time over the two-hour gig.
Following a somewhat peculiar opening act in the form of a DJ mixing hits from the early '90s, Platinum Blonde hit the stage, kicking off their set with a superb rendition of Hungry Eyes, from their Alien Shores album. This was followed up by two of their most popular power ballads, Not in Love and Sad Rain.
Holmes bantered with the audience about the band's recent comeback activities before launching into one of their more heavier rock hits, Standing in the Dark (from their 1984 breakout album of the same name), followed by a remarkable rendition of Video Disease, one of the band's very first singles released in 1983.
To the delight of fans, there was no break in the show, and the band's energy levels only seemed to increase with intensity-driven performances of their 1987 top-10 hit Contact as well as what was arguably Platinum Blonde’s most popular song of all time It Doesn't Really Matter, which sent the crowd into a frenzy.
The show’s main set finished with Holmes paying tribute to the show's Montreal promoters and fans, but the fun didn't stop there; a two-song encore followed straight after, kicking off with a Purple Rain-inspired interpretation of Somebody Somewhere. The encore culminated with the band's No. 1 hit from 1985, Crying Over You, at the end of which Holmes informed the audience that "Platinum Blonde is Back!" \
Montreal's '80s aficionados were treated to one of the best bands of our favorite decade and can only hope the band returns in short order.