There are few bands that have reached the level of success that U2 has. They have dominated rock music around the world pretty much since their stunning performance at the legendary “Live Aid” concert in 1985. Since then, the band has seen their 14 studio albums sell 170 million copies worldwide and earn them a record-setting 22 Grammy Awards.
As the first mega-band outside of the classic rock era and arguably the most successful band on the planet, putting a U2 tribute band together means you can’t just be shooting for good, the goal is to be even better than the real thing. This is where Elevation: The International U2 Tribute Show comes in.
“U2 has an incredible catalogue and their music resonates with people on an emotional level,” says bandleader Shawn Brady, who performs as Bono. “It brings us joy to help the audience relive memories they have when hearing U2’s music performed live.”
The band has grown from its humble beginnings in 2002. At first, the group was an outlet for their love of the music and they played local shows in smaller venues. Their raw passion mixed with an almost meticulous attending to musical detail quickly caught the attention of promoters and audiences alike. Within a year the band was playing major shows across Canada and the U.S.
By 2004, Elevation was touring Europe to rave reviews from the continents biggest U2 fans. In 2006, they visited Japan for the first time. Since their start, they have played to thousands of music lovers in 14 different countries including shows in Montreal, New York City, Las Vegas, Bermuda, Malta, Sarajevo, Venecia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad as well as their home city of Toronto.
The band returns to the Rose Theatre stage on March 8.
“We are very excited to come back to Brampton,” says Brady. “Their catalogue of hits speaks for itself.”
With Elevation’s extensive repertoire, certainly, every step of U2’s career will be represented too. The band boasts that all 14 albums are in their wheel house, from 1980’s Boy right up to their latest release, Songs of Experience, which U2 released last year. When it comes to hits, U2 has enough to fill a few shows. But, when asked about the Brampton show, Brady is direct and to the point.
“It will be heavily weighted with hits like With or Without You, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Beautiful Day and Where The Streets Have No Name,” he said. “But we always like to perform a couple of rarities for the die-hard fans too.
“Where The Streets Have No Name always presents a special moment for the band and audience. It is full of energy and positive emotion that is contagious.”
Opening the show in Brampton will be Rearview Mirror. Also based in Toronto, the tribute to the music of legendary Seattle grunge pioneers, Pearl Jam promises to transport the audience back to the beginnings of grunge music. Of course, all the hits will be represented as well. Together, the bands make a fascinating double bill when considering the significance of the songs that will be played. Brampton music lovers have a lot look forward to.
Elevation and Rearview Mirror perform at the Rose Theatre March 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 905-874-2800 or online at www.rosetheatre.ca