Theory of a Deadman – Ragin’ Caygeon – Guelph, Ontario – June 29, 2009
Photos and Review: Mike Forbes
Theory of a Deadman hopped into Guelph with a couple truckloads of gear and set up shop in the old Club Denim, now known as the Ragin’ Caygeon. Set to rock the place with 8 Mesa Boogie stacks, a drum riser and enough lights to safely land a 747 in a thunderstorm. I used to frequent this bar when bands like Big Sugar, Finger Eleven and Billy Talent used it as their launching pads. The awesome sound of the old theatre and great view lines make it a perfect venue for large bar sized bands.
The opening band, Parlor Mob, fired up with a set closely resembling a lot of Led Zeppelin and other 70’s classic rock. These guys, as tight and rockin as they were, warmed up the Caygeon nicely but I don’t see these guys making it huge cuz there’s just too many bands out there doing the exact same thing with nothing super special to set them apart from the crowd.
The same has been argued about Theory though. Often compared to the likes of Nickleback, a band which I will go on record again by saying I LIKE THEM and I don’t give a shit what anybody says. I’m not going to let the sheer volume of radio airplay ruin a decent Canadian touring band with a lot of cool tunes and a great show.