Sam Roberts Band Rocks The Colosseum


Sam Roberts Band played the Colesseum at Caesars Windsor on 15 February 2015. The Montreal rockers raised the roof for a packed house.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – On Sunday, Windsor was gripped by a cold snap, but for Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band, it was just a typical Canadian winter. The weather was fitting as everything about Sam Roberts is quintessentially Canadian.

Caesars Windsor hosted the Juno Award winning band as they swung through this neck of the woods promoting their latest CD, Lo-Fantasy. Local up-and-coming band The Walkervilles opened the night to a packed house at the Colosseum, and were loudly cheered for their soulful brand of rock.

Sam Roberts Band opened the show with Shapeshifters from the new CD, but when the opening strains of Where Have All the Good People Gone? were heard, the audience burst forth with approval. The hour-and-a-half set included a mixture of the old and the new and the crowd was on board for the long haul; as long as a Canadian highway.


Sam Roberts Band laid down the licks on songs old and new much to the delight of the throng of fans at the Colesseum.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With each hit, Roberts filled the stage with his energy and musical honesty, feeding off his fans’ enthusiasm in turn. The mutual appreciation was apparent through each rift and lyric as the band seamlessly moved from song to song.

One of the loudest cheers of the evening was reserved until the the first beats of the tin pan piano signalled the beginning of Detroit 67; an homage to the tough times faced by our neighbour to the north.

Roberts ended the set with Them Kids and, almost on cue, fans rushed to gyrate with the pounding chords. When the final notes on the last track faded away, Roberts and his band mates bid Windsor adieu, but the crowd was having none of it. They continued to demand the band’s return with the intensity reserved only for the most deserving. And return they did.

Starting off with We’re All in This Together and progressing to Love at the End of the World, the three-song encore was highlighted by Brother Down, featuring a solidly rocking jam while Roberts personally greeted everyone pressed against the stage.

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Sam Roberts Band is currently on tour promoting their latest CD, Lo-Fantasy. Assisting the band is Bullfrog Power, Canada’s 100% green energy provider.

“Whenever a band is on tour, it takes up resources and produces greenhouse gas emissions, and all of that has an impact on our environment,” explained Sam Roberts. “By choosing Bullfrog Power’s green energy for our Lo-Fantasy tour, we’re reducing that impact and getting the word out that supporting green energy is something all of us can do today to take action on climate change.”

For each tour date, Bullfrog Power’s generators input 100% green energy into the electricity grid to match the power consumption by the band’s performance. At each stop across Canada, Bullfrog’s green energy is derived from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power, sourced from Canadian renewable energy facilities.

Click here for more information on Bullfrog and the integration with Sam Roberts Band.


Windsor’s local soul rock band The Walkerville, opened for Sam Roberts Band at Caesars Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.
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