February 4th, 2013
North America has been welcoming the British invasion with open arms, so it’s no surprise that the Virgin Mobile Mod Club was packed on Saturday, February 2 for Lawson’s first concert in Toronto. After two sold out shows in LA and New York, the four-piece pop-rock band was ready to bring it all for the final show of their mini North American tour.
There were no fancy outfits, or over the top lights. Lawson was simply equipped with their musical instruments and powerful vocals. Playing fan favourites like Learn To Love Again and When She Was Mine the four piece from the UK demonstrated just how talented they are.
The audience was treated to covers of Ed Sheeran’s The A Team and Adele’s Hometown Glory, with Lawson adding their own flare to the usually slow and acoustic tracks. Hysteria ensued when Lawson covered Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger, playfully changing up the lyrics when appropriate to “I swear I won’t behave”, “But Toronto I don’t give a shit” and “Moves Like Lawson”.
Lawson was all about interacting with the audience, encouraging them to dance, clap and even pointing the microphone towards a few lucky audience members who go to be part of the band for a few seconds. Excited by an evening of constant crowd support, band member Andy told the crowd at one point “It means the world to come all the way from London to here, and we promise to come back, we love it here!”
After bidding farewell, the lights dimmed down and the band walked off, much to the dismay of the audience. But the crowd wasn’t done with Lawson and screamed for more chanting the band’s name over and over again until the boys finally reemerged onstage for an encore of two songs, beginning with Make It Happen and finishing with Standing in the Dark.
Photos and article by Naomi Leanage