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March 28, 2014
The first time Hedley played the Air Canada Centre, they were opening for Simple Plan in 2005. No one knew who they were and they had one album out with one main single. Last night, they played a near sold out crowd on their biggest headlining tour to date.
Hedley are on tour in support for their latest album Wild Life on what they’re calling the ‘Wild Live’ tour, and with them they’re bringing alongTorontonians USS and Nova Scotia native Classified.
USS were playing the ACC for the first time, and they brought their insane dance party music to get the crowd started.
Afterwards, Canada’s favourite rapper, Classified, took the stage, and there was no shortage of dancing here. A sea of hands bopped up and down as the Toronto rapper ruled the stage.
Lights flashed everywhere during Classified’s set, infusing a club like vibe to all of the songs that were playing.
After that, the ACC milled in anticipation as they waited for Hedley. Once the lights went down, the venue exploded into a frenzy as fans ran up to the barricade, anticipating for the black curtain to drop. After a short intro video, the curtain dropped and the lights flashed as Hedley was revealed, and kicked off with their hit song “Anything.”
The band continued into their set with songs like “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “One Life,” and “All The Way.”
Halfway through the set, Hedley ran up to the b-stage where they played their songs “Old School,” “Heaven in Our Headlights,” “For the Nights I Can’t Remember,” and “Wild Life,” rounded off with a piano solo from Hoggard.
The band did not fail to disappoint, with surprises at every corner. From Hoggard shooting t-shirts into the crowd, running back and forth between the main stage and the b-stage, to even having the Toronto Argonauts cheerleaders join them on stage for the band’s song “Cha-Ching.” Additionally, Hoggard did two covers on the piano, one of Miley Cyrus‘ “We Can’t Stop”, and Rihanna’s “Stay.”
A significant moment was when Hoggard mentioned that it had been nine years to the date since the band played their first show together, to which one of the screens showed some of the old photos.
On behalf of the band, Hoggard went on to deliver a touching speech, expressing how grateful they are for the fans.
“Because we know that in the bottom of our hearts, we can’t do this without you, so thank you so much to every single one of you for being here tonight. It’s because of every single one of you, that we get to do what we do. And Toronto, I swear to God, if you guys stay in our lives, I promise we’ll stay in yours.”
Hedley finished off their set with “Kiss You Inside Out,” “The Sweater Song,” and “Never Too Late.”
Last night’s show truly proved how far the Canadian quartet have come. From the early days of opening for bands, to selling out arenas across the country, Hedley certainty have made a name for themselves as one of Canada’s biggest bands, and there’s no slowing down for them any time soon.