Review: OMD overcomes sound problems to start North American tour
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark has begun its first North American tour in more than 20 years and lucky for us, Stuck in the '80s had a man in Canada to review one of the first shows of the tour. Montreal correspondent Peter Ryan, who called the band's show down the road in Toronto merely a "warm up" gig (who knew they had rivalries up there too?), files this report for Sunday's concert at Theatre Le National.
OMD blew the roof off of Montreal for the first time in 23 years, charming the city's intimate Theatre Le National and its enthusiastic 1,500 die-hard '80s fans, with heavy representation of Brits living in Montreal.
After an impressive opening by Danish songstress Oh Land, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys kicked into high gear with '80s classics early on in their set, including Tesla Girls and Messages, not before Andy gave the tech crew a public telling off from the stage for bad sound quality and his bass guitar not working correctly. Paul also drew major heat when he stepped out from behind his keyboard to sing Souvenir.
New tunes that were showcased at the show and loved mid-set included History of Modern Part 1 and Sister Mary Says, both of which drew rapturous applause from the crowd, as did Paul and Andy's excellent efforts at speaking French and McLuskey's ever-energetic dance moves.
The show finished at a deafening crescendo, incorporating classics Dreaming, Enola Gay and the encore was equally as impressive finishing with the band's first hit, Electricity (which Andy shared was the first song he an Paul wrote at the age of 16).
The band travels south of the border to the east coast, where Boston, New York and Washington '80s fans are certain to revel in the ongoing genius of OMD.