Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images Nine days after the deadly tornado that touched…
- Posted on Aug 31st 2009 11:05AM by Drew Berner
If you really miss the late-'90s, Our Lady Peace share your pain.
Though they've never really gone away, the Canadian rockers do make a "comeback" every couple of years -- complete with new album and tour -- but each return inevitably rehashes of old glories. This time out, the band has the backing of 'American Idol' David Cook and took to their hometown stage at Toronto's Virgin Festival for a guaranteed grand-slam set.
Lead singer Raine Maida and the rest of the crew played a career-spanning best-of set list, sticking mostly to their singles with a couple of new tunes dropped here and there. The crowd ate up every last one of their hits, from 'One Man Army' to 'Superman's Dead,' continuing the day's good vibes and high energy. At times, the audience seemed to be performing for the band, flailing their arms like a sea of imperiled swimmers as Maida sang to them that he'd "be waving my hand, watching you drown" on the chorus of 'Clumsy.'
While what they do, they do well, it's difficult to either love or hate Our Lady Peace because their music sticks solidly to the middle of the alt-rock road. With sentimental soundtrack-friendly tunes dominating their later catalogue -- in fact, 'Scrubs' used 'Innocent' in one of its moral-of-the-story musical montages -- they seem content to leave their boundaries unpushed.
Our Lady Peace may be past its best-before date, but by closing their set with 'Naveed' and 'Starseed' -- their first two hits -- they showed awareness that, at the end of the day, even their hometown supporters just want to rock out to their old '90s favourites one more time.