Hollywood Undead – The Mod Club, Toronto – January 23rd

Review and Photos by Anton Koltykov

On January 23rd the Mod Club in Toronto, along with fans of Hollywood Undead, were preparing for a highly anticipated last stop on the tour that had sold out within moments. One of the reasons the band opted to play this particular venue was to create an intimate performance with the vive of their old shows.  The line-up of show goers featured fans of all ages, rocking the band’s masks and merchandise, including band member Charlie Scene’s doppelgangers, wearing the famous bandanas, sunglasses and hats.

The house lights went out and the sound of Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind” enveloped the venue, cutting in and out in time with the flashing stage lights.  The crowd exploded and the band punched back with “Undead”.  With every member wearing a state of the art mask and performing their own vocals, it presented an overwhelming visual experience that made it difficult to focus on only thing.   The stage action was intense and it didn’t take long for fans to begin crowd surfing.

Hollywood Undead is extremely dedicated to their fans; everybody that landed on stage was helped to their feet by one of the band members, and was given time to decide whether they wanted to stage dive or return to the crowd via the side stage exit.  Soon, the excitement level blew through the roof and the fans pushed closer to the stage, forcing the front row to knock down some of the monitors.

After playing “Tendencies” and “Been to Hell” the band unmasked, allowing the audience to see the faces of their heroes. They quickly noted the crowd’s impressive knowledge of their song lyrics, and member Charlie Scene helped a look-alike onto the stage and asked him to announce the next song, “Comin in Hot”.  The look-alike, named Gabriel, then proceeded to remain with the band and joined the song’s performance.

Crowd surfing increased as the show progressed, with the band declaring that unless the surfers possessed a pair of breasts, they were no longer allowed on stage.  The statement encouraged female fans to ascend the stage.  The entertainment continued as Funny Man received an ‘ass massage’ from the kick drum, in between songs.

The rotation of band members on their instruments proved that the entire band is deeply involved in the writing process and adding their personal touch to each song.  The guys displayed heart and soul during their performance, with Funny Man lifting J-Dog onto his shoulders while J-Dog continued to wow the crowd with his rhythm guitar skills.  The band finished their main set with “Hear Me Now” and disappeared backstage as the lights went out.

The crowd, anticipating the encore, chanted: “Everywhere I go, bitches always know that Charlie Scene has got a weenie that he loves to show, bitch!” Hollywood Undead returned on stage and blew everyone away one more time with “Everywhere I Go” and “We Are”.  It was an uplifting experience to hear the entire crowd sing along with the kick-ass party anthem.  A more mature couple dancing at the back of the room shared with me that it was the husband’s 57th birthday and the only thing he wanted to do is to come see Hollywood Undead live. So whether you are deciding on your first live show or just looking for new bands to see perform, Hollywood Undead should be in top 5 of your list, regardless of your age of what you kind of music you are into.         

Set list:
1) Undead
2) Tendencies
3) Been To Hell
4) Dead Bite
5) Bottle and a Gun
6) California
7) City
8) Comin in Hot
9) My Town
10) Bullet
11) Sell Your Soul
12) Paradise Lost
13) Another Way Out
14) Mother Murder
15) Young
16) Hear Me Now
17) Everywhere I Go
18) We Are