Photographies : Cindy Boyce
Savvy Montrealers know that last Friday night was packed with activities beckoning for attention (‘tis the season, yeah). But those with wise time management skills and festive hearts levaient leurs mains between 10 and 11:30pm. Radio Radio ended their crazy year at a Metropolis filled to the brim with excited fans. The Grousse Band was literally sparkling at the opportunity to shine one last time, and it was indeed parti pour veiller tard. Stylish and cocky as always, the three tall guys started strong with “Forme Elliptique”, and kept the crowd in motion with nearly all songs from Belmundo Regal. Let’s face it; the whole album is a hit. Each tune took flight on a stage with three drum sets, a trumpeter and four backup singers: sont jets-sets.
The incongruous “Tomtom” was well received and aptly complemented by eponymous percussions. The trio surprised and delighted with an exclusive funky rap de Nouël, followed by an excellent rendition of “Dekshoo”. Jacques’s long limbs dominated the stage, while Alexandre’s understated presence and flow were welcome amongst the zany bunch. The magnificent Whitney Lafleur stepped on stage for the encore, swathed in black glitter to sing “Kenny G Non Stop” (La mieux habillée? Definitely). Radio Radio finished its épopée with a bang, and will now take time off from the spotlights to work on a new project. I will be on the lookout for their next endeavour in 2012, and you should too.