Canadian rockers Finger Eleven made a stop in Belleville Wednesday on tour for their new album, Life Turns Electric.
The new album, released in 2010, has been performed live by the group but this is their first real tour with the album.
In front of a nearly sold-out crowd at Empire Theatre on Front Street, the group performed 10 songs, including a lengthy encore. Lead singer Scott Anderson was suffering from a cold, but the group of five musicians managed to please their toughest critics – their fans.
“It was really good. I really enjoyed the show and meeting Elias,” said an excited Ashley Wood, a 15-year-old high school student.
Finger Eleven, the headliner for the show, played to a well warmed-up crowd thanks to their openers Elias and the envy.
Small venues like Empire Theatre are known for their terrific sound, and 34-year-old drummer Rich Beddoe agrees.
“I love playing in small venues, the acoustics are great and it’s a nice intimate show,” said Beddoe.
Beddoe joined the group in 1994 shortly after they were dropped from one label and re-signed to another.
This is not Finger Eleven’s first time performing in Belleville. In the summer of 2009, the group performed in Empire Square alongside rock band ZZ Top.
“I haven’t been able to see a lot of the city yet, most of the time when we tour all we see is the alley and the venue we’re playing in,” said Beddoe. “But the people seem really nice.”
The band performed about 10 songs including a lengthy two-song encore.
Finger Eleven has been on tour for six weeks and will continue to tour across Canada and the United States until mid-February.
Their next show is set for Jan. 27 at Cowboy’s Ranch in London, Ont.