Opening act The Standstills, from Oshawa, wasted no time getting things going at the Bronson Centre Music Theatre Tuesday night, kicking things off with the raucous drum/cowbell intro to the song “Orleans”. Pleased to be back at it, the band played an energetic set of old material and new, including their most recent single, “Pretty Little Broken Thing”. The show was a MODO-LIVE/Spectrasonic/Rebel 101.7 production.
Headliners Saint Asonia, a Can-Am supergroup, are composed of singer Adam Gontier (formerly of Three Days Grace), guitarist Mike Mushok (Staind), bassist Cale Gontier (Art of Dying, Thornley) and drummer Cody Watkins (Art of Dying).
Adam Gontier’s voice—gritty and powerful—has been a recognizable presence on rock radio for the last 20 years or so, first as a founding member of Three Days Grace and most recently with Saint Asonia. He sings with intensity and emotion, and crafts lyrics that resonate with fans around the world.
The band’s set was a mixture of Saint Asonia songs and several Three Days Grace songs, and the packed house at the Bronson Centre loved all of it. Mid-set, Adam took to the stage alone, acoustic guitar in hand, to deliver a mini solo acoustic set, which included the song “Never Too Late”, which has always been a fan favourite as an anthem of hope for those who are struggling. They say the true test of a song’s merit is whether it can stand alone with just vocals and acoustic guitar, and that was most definitely the case during this performance.
The full band returned to the stage to play several more songs, including heavy hitters “The Hunted” and, “Just Like You”, then slowed things down with the ballad “Waste My Time”.
The band’s encore finished with the anthemic Saint Asonia rocker “Let Me Live My Life”, which whipped the crowd into a frenzy. As fans spilled back out onto Bronson Avenue after the show, you could hear multiple “that was awesome!” exclamations, and awesome it was.
Saint Asonia’s new EP INTROVERT comes on out July 1. The first single, “Above It All”, is available now on all platforms.