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Live Review: BANKS at Rebel in Toronto, ON (09.03.19)

On Tuesday night in Toronto Banks (legally known as Jillian Rose Banks),  began her much anticipated III Tour. Coming off the release of her appropriately titled third album III, the songstress from California hosted her first headlining concert in two years at Toronto’s Rebel venue. Anyone whose been to Rebel before, knows there could not have been a more appropriate venue for an artist like Banks, who prioritizes the visual aspect of her show equally to the sonic experience.

In 2016, Rebel was renovated and rebranded as a nightclub instead of a grungy live music location. The venue’s new look is now similar to either the Millennium Falcon, or the spaceship that captured the Spice Girls in 1997’s Spice World. In other words, perfect for an alternative pop artist like Banks. Between lasers, strobe lights, artistic imagery and her fluent choreography, Banks and her two backup dancers created a beautiful visual experience, with seamless transitions from track to track.

She opened the show with “Till Now”, “Underdog” and “Stroke”. From there, fans got a little taste of nostalgia with “Drowning” and “Waiting Game”, the hit that moved her into the spotlight after it was featured in the first Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer. That is where the throwbacks ended, with the majority of the show focusing on her latest release, with the exception of a few tracks added from 2016’s The Alter.

During a momentary break she spoke to fans about the struggles of preparing for this tour. Just six weeks ago she fractured her spine, but miraculously recovered in time to begin life on the road. After her chat, seasoned concert goers would have picked up on some sound and microphone issues here, however it seems almost unfair to point out mechanical problems on the inaugural night of a tour.

After taking a break from touring and still recovering from her back injury, Banks couldn’t have expected to be perfect on night one. She might be classified as a singer, but as her fans know, Banks is an all-around performer who won’t settle for just standing in front of a microphone during her set.

The night ended abruptly with “The Fall” and “Gimme”, before she quickly ran off stage. Fans were stunned and confused as they waited for her to return with, what they were assuming to be an encore featuring, “Look What You’re Doing to Me” and mega-hit “Beggin For Thread”. It’s unknown if her sudden ending was due to the technical issues mentioned before, or her team’s unawareness of Rebel’s ultra-relaxed curfew policy, but regardless fans left on a high and wanting more (literally).

The show was a visual spectacle for the ages, turning even low quality iPhone photos into works of art. Fans were ultra pleased to see their Goddess back on stage, but for the average fan a few more heavy hitters would have been appreciated.

 

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BANKS Live:

 
Sep 08 BROOKLYN STEEL, BROOKLYN
Sep 10 BROOKLYN STEEL, BROOKLYN
Sep 11 THE FILLMORE SILVER SPRINGS, SILVER SPRINGS
Sep 13 THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE, CHARLOTTE
Sep 14 MUSIC MIDTOWN, ATLANTA
Sep 16 RIVIERA THEATRE, CHICAGO
Sep 17 VARSITY THEATER, MINNEAPOLIS 
Sep 19 FILLMORE AUDITORIUM, DENVER 
Sep 21 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, LAS VEGAS 
Sep 24 THE ORPHEUM, VANCOUVER
Sep 25 SHOWBOX SODO, SEATTLE 
Sep 26 MCMENAMINS CRYSTAL BALLROOM, PORTLAND 
Sep 28 THE MASONIC, SAN FRANCISCO 
Oct 01 HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, LOS ANGELES 
Oct 02 SOMA, SAN DIEGO
Oct 03 THE OBSERVATORY , SANTA ANA 
Oct 06 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL, AUSTIN 
Oct 07 HISTORIC SCOOT INN, AUSTIN 
Oct 09 HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS, DALLAS 
Oct 10 HOUSE OF BLUES HOUSTON, HOUSTON
Oct 13 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL, AUSTIN 
Oct 15 MARATHON MUSIC WORKS, NASHVILLE 
Oct 16 FILLMORE NEW ORLEANS, NEW ORLEANS 
Oct 18 HOUSE OF BLUES ORLANDO, LAKE BUENA VISTA 
Oct 19 THE FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH, MIAMI BEACH 
Nov 01 O2 RITZ MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER 
Nov 02 SWG3 STUDIO WAREHOUSE, GLASGOW 
Nov 04 ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON 
Nov 05 O2 INSTITUTE, BIRMINGHAM 
Nov 08 PARADISO, AMSTERDAM 
Nov 10 GRUENSPAN, HAMBURG 
Nov 11 VEGA, KØBENHAVN V 
Nov 12 BERNS, STOCKHOLM 
Nov 14 HEIMATHAFEN NEUKÖLLN, BERLIN 
Nov 15 HEIMATHAFEN NEUKÖLLN, BERLIN 
Nov 17 LIVE MUSIC HALL, KOLN 
Nov 21 LE TRIANON, PARIS

 

About Katie Tymochenko

Toronto based writer for Music Existence. Lover of all things Slash, Greta Van Fleet and Star Wars.

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