Monday, September 10, 2012

Big Time Rush, Cody Simpson wow in London, Ontario

With a few years on the oldest performers and over a decade on most of the crowd, I can’t say I didn’t feel a bit out of place at London, Ontario’s John Labatt Centre Wednesday night when I showed up to review the second date on the Canadian leg of the Big Time Summer Tour.

Joined by 15-year old Australian pop sensation Cody Simpson and up-and-coming Canadian pop artists Tyler Medeiros and Victoria Duffield, the four-member television boy band Big Time Rush delivered an energetic performance that had the audience screaming for the entire set.

Performing to a packed house of 2300 tweens and their near-suicidal parents, the boys of BTR held true to their boy band status with their flawless harmonies, abundant costume changes and fluid choreography as they performed hits from their first two albums and two misplaced–but still enjoyable–Beatles covers. It’s a shame the audience had no idea who The Beatles were.

Just as enjoyable as the musical performances by the band was their playful banter with each other and the audience. In between songs and video from their hit Nickelodeon (YTV in Canada) eponymous television show, Big Time Rush, which starts production on its fourth season next month, the band took time to talk about their tour and music with the eager crowd.

Though main opener Cody Simpson didn’t have the multimedia show and pyrotechnics that the main act did, he was the star of the show. With the effortless manner in which he engaged the crowd, Simpson’s laid back melodies and sweet interactions with the audience had his female fans (and probably a few male ones–hey, we don’t judge) expelling both tears and cheers throughout the Neil Patrick Harris lookalike’s (seriously, look it up–he’s a doppelganger for Doogie) 45-minute set, in which he promoted his upcoming album, Paradise.

A hidden gem in the evening’s performance was Tyler Medeiros, the 17-year old cousin of platinum-certified artists Shawn Desman and Danny Fernandes, who entertained his rapidly growing fan base opening up for Simpson and BTR. Medeiros performed hip hop-infused pop songs from his newly released EP, Tyler Medeiros TM throughout his 20-minute set, complete with four very talented backup dancers and an on-stage back flip by Medeiros himself that appeared to defy the laws of physics.

The evening’s acts kept it short and sweet (itis a school night, after all) but gave fans exactly what they wanted.

Check back on Friday for Landmark Report’s exclusive interview with Tyler Medeiros.


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