Live music galleries

Live music galleries: Ride [2015]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts page.)

Ride performing in Toronto, 2015

Artist: Ride
When: June 2nd, 2015
Where: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
Context: As soon as I heard that Ride were reforming, I notified my friend Tim that if their tour brought them to Toronto to get me ticket, no matter what day it was, I would figure out the logistics later. As it turned out, their show was mid-week so I flew in and out in a twenty-four hour period, crashing after the show at my friend’s place. I remember the excitement beforehand amongst our friends because this was one band that none of us had gotten a chance to see during their original run in the early nineties. And the shoegaze legends did not disappoint, performing pretty much everything we would’ve wished to hear, starting with the song below, roaring through classics like “Taste”, “Vapour trail”, and “Chelsea girl”, and finishing with an Iggy Pop cover: “I wanna be your dog”. Awesome.
Point of reference song:
Leave them all behind

Mark Gardener of Ride
Laurence ‘Loz’ Colbert of Ride
Andy Bell of Ride
Mark and Andy rocking out.
Steve Queralt of Ride
Andy Bell of Ride
Mark Gardener of Ride

12 replies on “Live music galleries: Ride [2015]”

I’m jealous. Would’ve loved to have checked off Ride from my 90s shoegaze bucket list (although I got to take in Slowdive last year, which made me a happy camper). I did lose track of Ride after Going Blank Again and I found Mark Gardener’s solo work to be “meh”, so I wasn’t expecting too much from their latest release, but the album was very impressive and among my favorites of ’17.

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It was a good album, though for this show, they hadn’t gotten so far that they were considering new work yet. They seemed to be happy just revisiting the classics, which suited the lot of us just fine.

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Haha. There’s a few bands that I had no idea what they looked like for years, then when I saw them, was completely surprised. Then, there were other times, when the band was almost exactly how I pictured them. Funny.

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Thanks! It was one of those shows where the excitement was palpable. It was like everyone there was seeing them for the first time. Christmas morning all over again.


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