The Trews in WindsorDan Savoie

The Trews tear it up at Caesars Windsor on March 1, 2024

When The Trews stormed the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on Friday night (March 1, 2024) with Wide Mouth Mason at their side, they didn’t just play a concert—they unleashed a rock ‘n’ roll tempest that swept up everyone in its path. Celebrating two decades since “House of Ill Fame” first shook the airwaves, the band ripped through the album with a ferocity that proved their music has lost none of its bite. From the defiant snarl of “Every Inambition” to the anthemic surge of “Stray,” The Trews reasserted their dominance in the rock hierarchy.

But this was no mere nostalgia trip. The Trews, with their razor-sharp precision and boundless energy, turned the night into a full-throttle showcase of their entire career. The crowd was treated to a barrage of hits that have become the soundtrack to many a rock fan’s life. And when John-Angus MacDonald tore through the audience with his guitar solo, the connection between band and fans became electric, tangible—a shared moment of rock rebellion.

 

Adding to the night’s intimacy, The Trews performed “Ishmael & Maggie” acoustically, surrounded by their fans in the audience for a massive sing-along moment. This unplugged performance created a communal atmosphere, drawing the audience closer into the band’s world.

The Trews also paid homage to their musical influences with a series of cover songs seamlessly woven into their originals. Their renditions of classics like “54-46 Was My Number” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels” were not mere imitations but reinterpretations that highlighted The Trews’ unique sound.

The show’s finale was a testament to The Trews’ enduring appeal and their rightful place at the forefront of Canadian rock. With the crowd singing along to hits like “Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me” and “Hold Me in Your Arms,” it was clear that The Trews had delivered a performance that resonated with both long-time fans and newcomers alike.

The Trews delivered a rendition of “When The Levee Breaks” that was spectacular. This cover, originally a blues classic by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie and famously reimagined by Led Zeppelin, was infused with The Trews’ unique energy and style. The performance was elevated by guest appearances from Wide Mouth Mason and Windsor’s own Mr. Chill – Kelly Hoppe, adding a special local flavor to the iconic song. In that moment, they didn’t just play a song; they owned it, delivering a version so compelling it could only be described as an epic once in a lifetime experience.

The Trews’ performance was a clear message to any doubters: they’re not just capable of headlining—they’re born for it. Their mastery of the stage, their command of the music, and their ability to draw every last person into the heart of the rock ‘n’ roll experience left an indelible mark on The Colosseum. This wasn’t just a gig; it was a rock ‘n’ roll event that those lucky enough to witness will be talking about for years to come.

Wide Mouth Mason in WindsorDan Savoie

Wide Mouth Mason perform at Caesars Windsor on March 1, 2024.

Wide Mouth Mason, the seasoned blues-rock trio from Saskatoon, delivered a robust performance as special guest for the show. Not currently on tour, their appearance was a unique treat for fans, showcasing the band’s enduring appeal and musicianship. Known for their fluid, dynamic live shows, Wide Mouth Mason lived up to their reputation, offering a set that spanned their decades-deep catalog, including tracks from their latest album, “Late Night Walking”

Their performance was a vivid reminder of Wide Mouth Mason’s significant place in the Canadian music landscape. The band, which burst onto the scene in the mid-90s, has consistently produced rock radio hits and earned multiple Gold records. Their set at Caesars Windsor included their big hit “My Old Self,” a song that remains a fan favorite since its feature on the compilation album Big Shiny Tunes 2, highlighting the band’s ability to craft songs that resonate across generations

“Late Night Walking,” their most recent album, represents Wide Mouth Mason’s continued evolution, blending their blues roots with rock and other influences to create something fresh yet familiar. The inclusion of new tracks in their set not only showcased their latest creative endeavors but also demonstrated their commitment to pushing musical boundaries while staying true to the sound that fans have come to love.

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