Photographing Rockstars, Metalheads, Punks and MCs Since 2012.

Tour Dates

Vancouver

7/31 - Soulfly
@ Venue

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8/2 - Rod Stewart & Santana
@ Rogers Arena

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8/8 - Squamish Music Festival
@ Logger Sports Grounds

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8/9 - Squamish Music Festival
@ Logger Sports Grounds

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8/9 - Lady Gaga
@ Rogers Arena

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8/10 - Squamish Music Festival
@ Logger Sports Grounds

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8/14 - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
@ Rogers Arena

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8/15 - Slash
@ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

8/16 - Phillip Phillips
@ PNE

8/17 - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
@ PNE

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8/18 - Rixton
@ Rio Theatre

8/19 - Beck
@ Deer Lake Park

8/19 - Chilliwack
@ PNE

8/20 - Air Supply
@ PNE

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8/21 - Jack Johnson
@ Deer Lake Park

8/21 - LeAnn Rimes
@ PNE

8/22 - Trooper
@ PNE

8/23 - Gipsy Kings
@ PNE

8/24 - Zendaya
@ PNE

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8/26 - David Gray
@ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

8/26 - Gavin DeGraw
@ PNE

8/27 - Three Days Grace
@ PNE

8/28 - Boyz II Men
@ PNE

8/29 - Plain White T's
@ PNE

8/30 - Dallas Smith
@ PNE

8/31 - The Pointer Sisters
@ PNE

9/1 - Glass Tiger
@ PNE

9/5 - Melissa Etheridgbe
@ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

9/6 - Art Bergmann
@ Commodore Ballroom

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9/6 - Barenaked Ladies
@ Malkin Bowl

SOLD OUT

9/7 - Passenger
@ Malkin Bowl

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9/9 - Katy Perry
@ Rogers Arena

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9/10 - Katy Perry
@ Rogers Arena

9/10 - Adam Cohen
@ The Media Club

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9/11 - Tech N9ne
@ Commodore Ballroom

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9/13 - Airbourne
@ Commodore Ballroom

SOLD OUT

9/13 - Elton John
@ Rogers Arena

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9/15 - Interpol
@ Commodore Ballroom

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9/16 - Kaiser Chiefs
@ Commodore Ballroom

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9/18 - La Roux
@ Commodore Ballroom

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9/19 - Temples
@ Commodore Ballroom

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9/20 - Blake Shelton
@ Rogers Arena

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9/23 - Die Antwoord
@ PNE Forum

9/24 - Sonata Arctica
@ Venue

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9/25 - Big Wreck
@ Commodore Ballroom

SOLD OUT

9/26 - Big Wreck
@ Commodore Ballroom

9/26 - Nik Turner's Hawkwind
@ Venue

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9/27 - Burton Cummings
@ River Rock Casino Resort

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9/28 - Old Crow Medicine Show
@ Orpheum Theatre

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9/29 - Dropkick Murphys
@ Commodore Ballroom

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9/30 - Dropkick Murphys
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/1 - Amon Amarth
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/3 - Brad Paisley
@ AESC

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10/3 - Kasabian
@ Vogue Theatre

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10/3 - The New Pornographers
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/4 - The New Pornographers
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/5 - Lily Allen
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/5 - The Pretty Reckless
@ Vogue Theatre

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10/7 - Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
@ Rickshaw Theatre

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10/7 - Ryan Adams
@ Orpheum Theatre

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10/8 - Constantines
@ Commodore Ballroom

10/8 - Eluveitie
@ Rickshaw Theatre

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10/9 - DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/11 - 54-40
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/15 - Banks
@ Commodore Ballroom

SOLD OUT

10/20 - Sarah McLachlan
@ Orpheum Theatre

10/21 - The Psychedelic Furs
and The Lemonheads
@ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

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10/21 - Sarah McLachlan
@ Orpheum Theatre

10/23 - Jason Mraz
@ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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10/24 - The Airborne Toxic Event
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/25 - Gordon Lightfoot
@ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

10/25 - Suffocation + Kataklysm
@ Rickshaw Theatre

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10/26 - The Kills
@ Commodore Ballroom

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10/29 - The Janoskians
@ Vogue Theatre

10/30 - The Black Keys
@ Pacific Coliseum

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11/2 - St. Lucia
@ Commodore Ballroom

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11/3 - Slowdive
@ Commodore Ballroom

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11/4 - Deltron 3030
@ Commodore Ballroom

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11/6 - Arch Enemy
@ Commodore Ballroom

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11/8 - Boyce Avenue
@ Vogue Theatre

11/8 - Buck 65
@ Fortune Sound Club

11/12 - Julian Casablancas + The Voids
@ Commodore Ballroom

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11/14 - Bastille
@ PNE Forum

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11/14 - The 1975
@ Vogue Theatre

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11/15 - The 1975
@ Vogue Theatre

11/17 - Peter Hook
@ Venue

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11/18 - Fleetwood Mac
@ Rogers Arena

11/18 - Lights
@ Vogue Theatre

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11/21 - Mötley Crüe
@ Rogers Arena

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11/28 - John Fogerty
@ AESC

12/7 - Rufus Wainwright
@ Vogue Theatre

12/11 - Steve Hackett
@ Vogue Theatre

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12/16 - Skinny Puppy
@ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Seattle

8/1 - Foreigner and Styx
@ Marymoor Park

8/4 - Austin Mahone
@ Marymoor Park

8/5 - Sara Bareilles
@ Marymoor Park

8/7 - Chvrches
@ Showbox SoDo

8/8 - Chvrches
@ Showbox SoDo

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8/8 - Lady Gaga
@ KeyArena

8/10 - Grouplove & Portugal. The Man
@ Marymoor Park

8/12 - Counting Crows
@ Marymoor Park

8/13 - Ray LaMontagne
@ Marymoor Park

8/19 - Rebelution
@ Marymoor Park

8/25 - David Gray
@ Marymoor Park

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8/29 - Dave Matthews Band
@ Gorge Amphitheatre

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8/30 - Dave Matthews Band
@ Gorge Amphitheatre

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8/31 - Dave Matthews Band
@ Gorge Amphitheatre

8/31 - Brand New
@ Showbox SoDo

9/3 - Biz Markie
@ Neumos

9/8 - Jennifer Nettles
@ Washington State Fair

9/9 - Coheed & Cambria
@ Paramount Theatre

9/11 - Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone
@ Washington State Fair

9/12 - Fall Out Boy
@ Washington State Fair

9/12 - Rockstar Uproar Festival:
Godsmack, Seether, Skillet,
Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape
the Fate, Redlight King + more!
@ White River Amphitheatre

9/13 - Atmosphere
@ Showbox SoDo

9/13 - Keith Urban
@ Washington State Fair

9/13 - Linkin Park, 30 Seconds
to Mars + AFI
@ The Gorge

9/14 - Lil Wayne and Drake
@ White River Amphitheatre

9/17 - Kaiser Chiefs
@ The Showbox

9/18 - Heart
@ The Showbox

9/21 - Pentatonix
@ Washington State Fair

9/22 - Die Antwoord
@ Paramount Theatre

9/25 - Taking Back Sunday
and The Used
@ Showbox SoDo

9/30 - Amon Amarth
@ El Corazon

9/30 - Bumbershoot
@ Seattle Center

9/31 - Bumbershoot
@ Seattle Center

10/1 - Bumbershoot
@ Seattle Center

10/3 - The Dandy Warhols
@ The Showbox

10/4 - Kasabian
@ The Showbox

10/4 - The Pretty Reckless
El Corazon

10/5 - The New Pornographers
@ The Showbox

10/6 - Dropkick Murphys
@ Showbox SoDo

10/6 - The New Pornographers
@ The Showbox

10/6 - Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
@ Neumos

10/7 - Eluveitie
El Corazon

10/13 - Anberlin
@ The Showbox

10/14 - Banks
@ The Showbox

10/16 - Matisyahu
@ The Showbox

10/22 - The Psychedelic Furs
and The Lemonheads
@ The Showbox

10/26 - The Airborne Toxic Event
@ The Showbox

10/30 - The Janoskians
@ The Showbox

11/5 - Deltron 3030
@ The Showbox

11/7 - Arch Enemy
@ Studio Seven

11/9 - Boyce Avenue
@ Showbox SoDo

Featured Videos

OK Go
“The Writing’s on the Wall”

Santana & Rob Thomas
“Smooth”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
“Runnin’ Down a Dream”

NEWS

[REVIEW] Epica @ Fivesixty

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Photo by Jacob Zinn

Words by Daryl van der Meulen

The lights dimmed at Fivesixty in Vancouver last Saturday night, the crowd buzzing with anticipation. A larger-than-life symphonic prelude began to play as blue lights blasted through the fog, giving the crowd a taste of the bold nature of Epica and the show to come. Gentle vocals faded in as the first band members took to the stage. The crowd roared with excitement.

After seeing Finnish melodic death metal four-piece Insomnium and yo-hoing Scottish pirate metal outfit Alestorm, the fans were ready for the symphonic sextet from Holland.

Immediately following the prelude, the band took the stage and broke into “Monopoly of Truth”, the second track off their new album, 2012’s Requiem for the Indifferent. The performance was flawless and frontwoman Simone Simons stood out (and not just because of her natural beauty). The classically trained vocalist sang with angelic power, sounding at least as good as the studio recording – and made it look easy.

The band performed hits from all their albums, musically highlighting the contrast between good and evil and lyrically touching on complex philosophical and moral issues. Their setlist included such Epica favourites as “Cry for the Moon”, “The Obsessive Devotion”, “Sancta Terra”, and even “Blank Infinity” in the encore.

Lights flashed as rhythm shredder Mark Jansen delivered heavy melodic guitar riffs and harsh vocals, supported by lead guitarist Isaac Delahaye. Drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek kept up the pace with the fretburning duo and one could even see a security guard headbang a bit.

After some time, there was a break in the chaos and you could hear Simons’ heavenly voice of reason backed by Coen Janssen’s melodic keyboard. Sanity is returned temporarily as the lyrics focused on philosophy.

All the band members seemed to be in high spirits that night, addressing the crowd casually and personally rather than reciting those popular phrases that are all too common with touring musicians. Their new bassist, Rob van der Loo, blended seamlessly with the rest of the musicians, actively interacting with the rest of the band and the crowd. If you didn’t know better, you would think that he had been with the band since its formation in 2002.

Their performance of “The Phantom Agony” from their first studio album of the same name had some audio balancing issues. The vocals (which are vital to the song) were drowned out by what is normally background music, but the audience was rocking too hard to notice.

Throughout the performance, keyboardist Janssen made an effort to be noticed by walking around the stage, interacting with bandmates and gesturing to the audience. The crowd took to his shenanigans and eventually made an effort to look for them. Later in the show, drummer van Weesenbeek was introduced as “The Beast” and performed a solid drum solo for the audience. He hadn’t brought much attention to himself earlier, but managed to perform without error.

There is no doubt that everyone left the concert a fan of Epica. They have taken the time to perfect their live sound, and given their jaw-dropping 90-minute show, they have absolutely earned their name.