I have heard, in the past, that Toronto audiences have a bad reputation. The audience certainly lived up to that last night - there were enough people having shouted conversations over the music during both the opening act (CSS) and Ladytron that I had a hard time hearing the lyrics a lot of the time.
As far as I can tell, I may have been one of the biggest Ladytron fans there, and I hadn't until last night actually bought any of thier albums. I overheard a couple people saying things like "It's not quite as bad as I thought it would be". In particular, there were a number of hecklers in the audience.
I got to hear such clever quips as "Hey Ladytron! There's an audience in front of you! Why don't you try talking to them! It's not a one-way mirror!" (this from the guy in the Judas Priest t-shirt. I am not sure if he was expecting Ladytron to ask the audience if we were preapred to rock). Also "Hey Ladytron, we love you! Well, most of you! From the waist down, mostly!". "Play something English!" (I assume mocking the band's accents). When the band's (male) guitarist mentioned taht it would be a long time before they'd make it back to Toronto, a voice behind me shouted "Hey, what's this? A guy's voice!? What is this, Guytron?"
I am not sure why all of these people were there if they disliked the band that much. It seems like a waste of $30 to me. Though I think at least Judas Priest guy got comped tickets - he was bragging to the woman he was with about how many clubs and bars he had worked in over the years.
The audience didn't completely suck. It looked like the 30 or so people right up at the front were having fun. We actually had two crowdsurfers going around for a while (one of whom was the lead singer for CSS). I just got stranded in asshole territory, perhaps.
I'm not fond ofthe Guvernment as a venue - every time I've gone there, I've ended up standing still for too long, and my lower back gets fairly sore.
All that said, I will comment on the actualy concert.
The opening act was CSS. My first impression of them was that they were very talented for five 14 year olds on tour with thier dad. It just wasn't my thing.
Ladytron were decently good. I can't say much for the stage show beyond that it was very, very bright, so I couldn't look at the stage most of the time. I hope there were no epileptics in the crowd, since the light show was very strobey.
All in all, I found myself getting impatient for the end of the concert so I could go home and go to bed. They ended up at 11:30. I was home by midnight, and then couldn't sleep until about 1.
One may ask why I decided to go to this concert, not being that big of a Ladytron fan. I haven't been buying much music at retail locations in the last while, instead trying to buy albums at concerts, on the theory that the artist gets more money that way, and gernerally, the CDs cost less for me. I've been thinking for a while that I should pick up a Ladytron album, so when I saw the concert announced, I bought a ticket. It was several weeks before I heard about the Coveneant/Rotersand concert the same night, and I didn't feel like trying to sell my ticket.
In this sense, the evening was a success - I picked up a couple of CDs.