Diamond Rings, The Henry Fonda Theatre, April 15, 2013
Usually when you are an opening act for someone as famous as OMD, impatient audiences across the country pass time wishing you would exit the stage once the opening notes start to flow. We’ve all been guilty of cursing the support bands, sometimes rather loudly, as we await our favorites to arrive and send us into a state of sonic bliss. This being said, Diamond Rings from Toronto made for a perfect musical prologue for OMD, and certainly won over a good deal of new fans at the Henry Fonda Theatre on the night of April 15th. Personally selected by OMD to become tour support all across the country, Diamond Rings was more than up to the task, demonstrating a good deal of imagination and flair.
Diamond Rings is the creation of the charismatic John O., pure techno-pop perfection that transfers wondrously into a live setting. Opening with the highly infectious All The Time from the recently unleashed Free Dimensional album on Astralwerks, John O. and his band had the entire crowd singing and dancing along to the sparkling musical gems that followed. Runaway Love commenced, with the artist crooning “I want to wake up in a different city” with a fierce sense of conviction.
One of the absolute highlights of the show was a magnificent cover of the Jamie Principle song Waiting On My Angel, with John O. rendering this fine cut all his own. Diamond Rings closed out the set with fantastic sing along track Day And Night, a tune with massive hit single potential that left many in the crowd wanting to hear a whole lot more. There were even shouts for an encore, but alas, it was time for OMD to set up and deliver their own set of masterful synth pop.
A performer with a dazzling future of him, John O. demonstrated a showmanship that was captivating and filled to the brim with intrigue. Be sure to try out Diamond Rings for yourself the next time they show within the City Of Angels, and be prepared for a dance party you will never forget. Along with OMD’s super impressive set, this was a Hollywood night that one would remember for the ages to come!
(Review and Cell Phone Photo by Kenneth Morton)
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