Sword + Deraps @ Corona Theatre

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Stepping out of Montréal’s Lionel-Groulx metro station and crunching through the recent heavy snowfall to get to Théâtre Corona for a show is a routine that hasn’t been broken since the city’s transit line was expanded to the area in the late 1970s.

Deraps band in Montreal

Our first act of Saturday night, Deraps, was a throwback to those times with their attire, fast-paced guitars, and sleazy lyrics in songs such as “Sex, Drugs & Rock N’ Roll” and “Live Fast Die Slow.” Every song of their 7-song set was punctuated by heartfelt solos by lead singer and guitarist Jacob Deraps before they closed their half-hour set with a cover of “Ballroom Blitz” by The Sweet.

After Jason Rockman came out to rile up the sold-out crowd for the main act, Sword took to the stage, leading off with the first track from their newest album, Bad Blood. The crowd was generally older, but there were many younger people out to party and mosh. The night was filled with the entirety of their latest release, III, being played, with hits from Metalized and Sweet Dreams being mixed in throughout.

After singing about taking his chances, Rick Hughes introduced the rest of his band, which has been with him since 1980. His guitarist, Mike Plant, brought the party back to Rick with the announcement that it was Rick’s 60th birthday. The most appropriate moment of the show, “Outta Control,” had a few crowd surfers taking their opportunity to ride the wave to the waiting security at the front.

Setlist – Sword

  • Bad Blood
  • Trouble Is
  • Stuck in Rock
  • (I Am) In Kommand
  • Children of Heaven
  • Land of the Brave
  • Dirty Pig
  • Sweet Dreams
  • End of the Night
  • Unleashing Hell
  • Surfacing
  • Stoned Again
  • Spread the Pain
  • Until Death
  • The Threat
  • Took My Chances
  • Dare to Spit
  • Outta Control
  • Not Me, No Way
  • F.T.W.
  • (Encore)
  • Prepare to Die
  • Evil Spell

Review & photos – Ryan Rumpel

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