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Furry White Laser Guitars? OK Go!

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OK Go at Phoenix Concert Theatre
OK Go
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
October 14, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

OK Go are world famous for their music videos because they are unique and well choreographed; two attributes that could also be used to described their live show.

As the show came to a close, I wondered how much money OK Go puts aside for their confetti budget for each show. I suppose when you buy in bulk like that, you get a discount. But back to the beginning of the show, the band emerged in their brightly coloured suits and started into their set, among the storm of confetti. They played a set filled with most of their best songs from their 2002 self-titled album as well as their 2005 album Oh No, mixing in a healthy dose of content from their most recent release, Of The Blur Colour Of The Sky, all of which sounded better in concert (could some of that been attributed to the confetti? Perhaps, I'm unsure).

Aside from the heaps of charisma exuded by frontman Damian Kulash (vocals, guitar) and the excellent musicianship from all members, the band had much more than endless confetti to take this show from amazing to exceptional. At one point, a table of hand bells arrived on stage with which the band dinged and donged their way through an adapted version of "What To Do". I had heard they do this, but seeing it right there in front of me was far more impressive and brilliant. And after confirming the floor setup with the audience – all-ages up front and 19+ in the back and balcony – Kulash grabbed a mic and guitar and headed out to the barrier that separated the two sections to serenade all the drinkers with a version of "Last Leaf", being sure to rotate once at the middle of the song to provide equal viewing pleasure for both sides of the room.

Topping off the night, the band returned to the stage for the encore with LED-backed jackets that spun letters like a slot machine until OKGO was displayed. And that's when they picked up the furry white laser guitars. Yes, the band played "WTF?" while shooting coloured lasers from the necks of their furry white guitars. The whole night was both musically and visually incredible. This is not only a band that deserves a ton of respect for their videos, but also puts on one of the best concerts out there. If you missed them in Toronto this time, do not miss them again. And if you're in the U.S., check their current tour schedule for a show in your area.

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