SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA – ONE LAST TOUR @ ROGERS CENTRE, TORONTO: FEBRUARY 22, 2013
Posted by Gosia Mrugala
It’s the end of an era.
Forged in late 2008, the alliance of DJ/producers Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso — known on this planet and throughout the universe as SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA — has become a legend in the EDM community. And last June they shocked that community with the announcement, via the SHM Web site, that the trio’s upcoming tour would be their last together.
“One Last Tour” kicked off in November and will wrap up next month, with the group’s last show is to be in Miami on March 24 at the Ultra Music Festival. Their second artist album, Until Now, is the official tour soundtrack.
Initially, Saturday February 23 was planned to be their only Toronto date. But tickets sold out so quickly that the trio decided to add a second show on the Friday — AND WHAT A SHOW IT WAS.
With the massive Rogers Centre as the chosen venue, anticipation was high. I’ll confess, thought, that I was disconcerted to encounter so many teens at the show running around and bouncing off the walls like terrifying, hell-spawned toddlers on some kind of thermonuclear sugar rush.
Yeah, I won’t pretend I was happy to hear that this would be a 16+ event. I mean, sure, every generation deserves a chance to experience music of this calibre. But if the growing commercial success of EDM has a downside, it’s this: most of the people in attendance on Friday seemed only passingly familiar with the music SHM was playing. In many cases, I’d guess, their knowledge began and ended with the mega-hit “Don’t You Worry Child.” Just to put this to the test, I tried putting some questions to few of the kindergarteners in the crowd. Sample exchange:
Me: So what do you think of Axwell as a solo producer?
So, OK. Not a capital crime. But doesn’t a great act like Swedish House Mafia deserve a great audience?
Anyway, enough on that. Back to the Swedes!
Their musical selection for the night: superb. The stage show — complete with lasers and fireworks: awe-inspiring. The sheer number of bodies crowding the floor level: insane. I moved to one of the upper levels just to marvel at the seething mass, which resembled, from above, nothing so much as an army of ants.
SHM’s connection with their fans — even the ones who couldn’t identify the trio by name — is commendable, their ability to communicate with the crowd both, vocally and musically, second to none in the genre. You couldn’t help but feel the positive vibes that filled the Rogers Centre.
As a unit, the three musketeers of EDM will be missed — but never forgotten. The iconic Swedish House Mafia name will live on. Separately, Axwell, Angello and Ingrosso, will continue their musical journeys. And they’ll carry us along with them.
They came. They raved. They loved!
Check out samples of photographer Jason Kwan’s amazing pics from the show below. And CLICK HERE to see the full photo gallery.