Two years ago, Canadian pop-rock group Hedley was in Estevan, and they delivered one of the most memorable concerts in the Energy City's history.
The show attracted more than 3,000 raucous spectators to Affinity Place. On multiple occasions, frontman Jacob Hoggard told the crowd that Hedley would be back.
They'll fulfill that promise on Sunday, February 23, when they return to Affinity Place through their Wild Live tour.
Guitarist Dave Rosin told Lifestyles that they knew they had to make another appearance in Estevan after the success of their first concert in this city.
"We always try to make a deal with the audience when we come and play a place, where if we come back, they come back," said Rosin. "Estevan was an awesome time."
They were thoroughly impressed with the community, the crowd and Affinity Place two years ago.
"It's a beautiful venue," said Rosin. "It was a brand new rink (at the time), and I think we might have been the second or third concert that had been there. It was an awesome show … and we're definitely going to pack it full of more stuff this time."
It's been an eventful two years for the band since their 2012 Storms tour brought them to Estevan. They released their new album, Wild Life, about two months ago. Less than two weeks later, they were the entertainment for the half-time show at the Grey Cup in Regina.
The Grey Cup performance created a buzz thanks to a couple of stuntmen who performed snowmobile flips. Unfortunately, Rosin said Hedley won't be executing snowmobile stunts at the Estevan concert.
Performing at Grey Cup was a memorable night, Rosin said.
"We're all Canadian boys, and I grew up playing football," said Rosin. "I brought my Dad to the game. It was the first time we actually got to go to the game together.
"Being in Regina, of course, in the heart of Rider Nation, to have the Riders win at home, was really incredible.
"But the thing that I really took home from it was the fans that came out to the Grey Cup in general. It was such experience to see all the fans get together, no matter what team they were supporting."
Hedley's band members – Hoggard, Rosin, bassist Tommy Mac and drummer Chris Crippin – have been preparing for this tour for some time. While they enjoyed recording the new album and making music videos, Rosin says their biggest thrill remains playing in front of a live audience.
Rosin said that fans can expect to be even closer to Hedley for this concert than they were two years ago. And he suggested that Wild Live will likely feature more music than any previous Hedley concert.
"Anybody that comes to the show, we're going to recommend that you come ready to do some singing, come ready to be a little sleepy the next day," said Rosin.
Three other groups will be performing with Hedley. JRDN, Alyssa Reid and Dany Fernandes will warm up the audience.
"I think it's always cool to tour with some new acts," said Rosin.
The last time they were in Estevan, two of the opening acts were Kay and Classified –Canadian talents that have enjoyed considerable success since the winter of 2012. Rosin hopes that the groups touring with Hedley this time will also enjoy success in the future.
The Wild Live tour will begin February 14 in Rosin's hometown of Prince George, B.C. The 37-city tour will continue until April 12. The final show will be in Hoggard's hometown of Abbotsford, B.C.
Tickets are still available for the Estevan concert.