Music Review | Meghan Trainor Live at the Phoenix Concert Theatre
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That Bass Tour swooped into Toronto last night with a bang.

The night began around 8pm when Australian band Sheppard (no – nothing to do with Yonge & Sheppard) opened the set with high energy. By the second chorus of nearly every song, the crowd was already singing along – unheard of for a support band! Big things can be expected from them, having already performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

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Meghan Trainor was on point with her live performance, vocally reminiscent of artists such as Adele. She had a healthy splash of the costumes/stage show glitz of Katy Perry and totally owned the stage and the audience who were hanging off her every word. Chants of “Meghan Meghan” were heard throughout the show, proving that she has a loyal and dedicated fan-base. Her lyrics are not cookie-cutter and are surprisingly suggestive with double entendres spread over the set. The song Bang Dem Sticks contained the lyrics “I love it when it’s loud, I love it when it’s big” while Walk of Shame showed a more mature side to her lyrical content “Don’t act like you haven’t been there, 7 am with the bed head, everyone knows it’s the walk of shame”.

Personal stories behind the songs helped her connect with the audience as if she’s an old friend, and unlike many she has the ability to talk to the audience without seeming false. She even pulled out her ukulele at one point, which allegedly got her signed to Epic Records’ LA Reid when performing a rendition of All About That Bass to him.

Meghan_Trainor_LiveHot off the heels of her show at Chicago’s House of Blues,  Meghan treated Toronto to a night of swagger, confidence and fun. Her five piece band was commanded by the drummer who played seemingly simple passages with complete authority. Another highlight of her entourage was the backing singers and dancers that kept the momentum and vibe just right.

The show ended with one of the biggest and most talked about hits of last year – All About That Bass. This predictably was the encore, but it would have been a better opener in our opinion. Lips Are Movin’ could have been a better outro for the set as the energy in this track is so high. That said, the music director did a great job in arranging the outro into a crescendo of drums, lead guitar mastery and enthusiastic keys. A nice and unexpected touch was the confetti cannons that were fired like it was New Years Eve.

And with that, Meghan left the stage – no doubt already on her way to her next date in Silver Spring, Maryland. For the haters amongst you,  we challenge you to see her live and experience the reaction she gets and to actually listen to her vocal abilities – it might actually make you smile.