Big names dominate fall concert roundup

Jamie O'Meara

Fall into autumn with some of the biggest names of both yesteryear and today as yet another jam-packed roster of touring artistic titans get set to visit Montréal in the coming months. With no further ado, here’s your fall concert roundup.

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Plan for a good time

In 1999, a group of young Montréal musicians hatched a plan – a simple plan. Three years later it came to fruition with the release of their debut album, No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls. The rest, as they say, is history. Now multiplatinum pop-punks Simple Plan are paying homage to that first and feisty release with the “No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour,” which sees the band performing the album in its entirety at Metropolis on September 18.

Perry bears WITNESS

Due to production delays, an earlier Montreal show date for Katy Perry’s “WITNESS: The Tour” had to be scrapped, but true to her word, the princess of pop has made good on her promise to return and now kicks off the tour in Montréal on September 19 at the Bell Centre. “I’ll be spending the next few weeks taking the time to properly prepare the show to be an experience I am proud to share with you,” said Perry. “I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope everyone who sees the show will agree it was worth the wait.”

It’s Yes… yes?

Since their 1968 formation, some 19 musicians have held a spot in prog-rock mega-group Yes. Now three of those, calling themselves “the definitive lineup of the greatest band in the history of progressive rock,” are taking Yes out on the road (even though there’s another version of Yes touring as well) as Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. “It’s very simple,” said band founder and vocalist Jon Anderson. “The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name. Yes music is in our DNA!” See them at St. Denis Theatre on September 19.

Feeling much better now, thank you

After having to postpone an earlier date due to illness, the resurrected “King of Latin Pop,” Enrique Iglesias, will co-headline the Bell Centre with hip-hop’s party poster boy Pitbull on October 9. Expect it to be raging.

And in the “Unlikely Threat of Crossover Dept.”

Also on October 9, Atlanta, Georgia heavy metallists Mastodon will thunder into Metropolis accompanied by none other than Eagles of Death Metal as part of Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand tour.

Behold Cube 2.1

Electronic music producer deadmau5 is coming with a new Cube, the multimedia performance platform central to any deadmau5 live show. A kinetic version of his previous Cube and with many enhancements, the new, 18-foot Cube 2.1 is larger than its predecessors and features internal robots that push the sides of the cube (which consists of LED panels) up and around while projecting brand new graphics. deadmau5 brings the “lots of shows in a row: pt 2” tour to the Bell Centre, October 13.

Admit it, you like them

Haters gonna be haters, but Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons are unquestionably doing something right having won two American Music Awards for Favorite Alternative Artist, a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and five Billboard Music Awards. They’ve also sold upwards of 9 million albums and 27 million singles since they popped onto the scene, which they aim to improve upon with their latest full-length, the recently released Evolve. Imagine them at the Bell Centre, October 27.

Classic and classy

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of legendary rock acts The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour this fall as David Crosby and Friends, said friends being James Raymond (keys), Mai Agan (bass), Steve Di Stanislao (drums), Jeff Pevar (guitar) and Michelle Willis (keys and vocals). The tour, which stops at Place des Arts on November 10, is in support of his soon-to-be-released new album, Sky Trails.

Last, but certainly not least…

Hip-hop mogul and creative machine Jay-Z brings his 13th studio album, the critically hailed 4:44, to the Bell Centre on November 21. ’Nuff said.

Jamie O’Meara

Jamie O’Meara, blogger

Jamie O’Meara is a writer for The Montreal Gazette, C2 Montréal, Moment Factory and more. He also manages the PR Team at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and is the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.