Our Lady Peace at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA

Canadian rockers, Our Lady Peace, brings the Stop Making Stupid People Famous Tour to Boston’s iconic Paradise Rock Club, along with opening band Elsewhere.

It was an unseasonably warm December evening in Boston as fans stood outside of the Paradise Rock Club on Comm Ave, vaccine cards and IDs in hand, waiting to get in for a night of music by Canadian rockers, Our Lady Peace.

Supporting Our Lady Peace on this stop in Boston is Elsewhere. Elsewhere is a progressive-alt/power-pop trio from Boston. With multiple EPs, singles, and a studio album, they have gained a strong following in Boston and beyond, since their inception. The members that make up Elsewhere include Michael Aroian (guitar/lead vocals), Kevin Swaluk (bass), and Adam Soucy (drums). Being Boston natives, they definitely brought their fanbase with them on this local performance. At one point, they wished a happy birthday to a friend in the crowd which produced cheers and applause. The fans in attendance were singing along with some of the songs and were moving to the music. The set included their new singles, “Call You Out” and “The Pledge.” After their energetic set, the crowd was primed for the main event.

During the short break for a set change, the crowd continued to stream in for this highly anticipated show. The floor was quickly filling with fans as the typical push toward the stage started. Our Lady Peace is a successful Canadian Rock Band with a career spanning over two decades since their first album, Naveed, was released in 1994. They really started to pick up steam with their 2000 album, Spiritual Machines, and have been producing music at a regular pace since then.

Our Lady Peace took the stage at 9 pm to thunderous cheers of excitement. They got their set started with “The Message,” a song from their upcoming album, Spiritual Machines II, set to release on January 28, 2022. Next up on the setlist was their 1996 hit, “Superman’s Dead.” The crowd’s excitement was evident as they sang along for the entirety of the song. The evening continued with a stream of fan favorites including “Innocent” and “Drop Me in the Water.” Everyone in attendance was singing along and dancing. 

Frontman Raine Maida took a moment to speak of the pandemic. He talked about the world shutting down, and how it led to the band writing a new album, “The best we ever made!” They then went right into the new song, “Wish You Well,” which will also be on their upcoming album as well. The crowd already knew the emotional ballad and sang along with Raine while waving their arms in the air.

Our Lady Peace also performed covers of “Seasons (Waiting on You),” a song by Future Islands, and “Maps,” a song by Yeah Yeah Yeahs which the crowd recognized and sang along to. During the chorus of their song, “Is Anybody Home?” the lights came up, the band stopped singing, and the fans took over. It was an awesome moment to hear the crowd singing in unison. The night appeared to be coming to an end. Raine said, “Thank you Boston,” as the members waved to the fans and left the stage. The crowd screamed and applauded, anticipating the encore which was sure to follow. As expected, the band came back on stage and performed a three-song encore, including the popular song “Stop Making Stupid People Famous.”

Our Lady Peace brought an amazing performance to Boston. Make sure to check out their new album when it drops next month.

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