From The Windsor Star:http://www.windsorstar.com/entertainment/Tragically+charm+Colosseum/5044664/story.html
WINDSOR, Ont. -- Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip powered up Saturday and overcame a midsummer lightning storm that blacked out Caesars Windsor's Colosseum just before they were scheduled to take the stage.
The lights went out at 9 p.m., and an anxious crowd of 5,000-plus had to wait another 40 minutes before the band took the stage. At one point, it appeared as if the highly anticipated show was in jeopardy.
But Downie finally walked on and thanked the audience for "not stealing anything when the power went down."
The concert featured 21 of the Hip's best-loved songs from every stage of their 28-year career, from the early stuff like Blow At High Dough and New Orleans is Sinking to 2009's Love Is a First.
The Hip is all ours. They're a Canadian rock legend, and one even Windsor audiences embrace despite this city's historic ignorance of Canadian popular music.
We normally take our cues from Detroit radio, but fortunately The Hip has a presence in U.S. border cities like Detroit and Buffalo.
Their top-selling concert album, Live Between Us, in fact, was recorded at Cobo Hall.
The 5,000 screaming, dancing, singing, and rowdy patrons Saturday showed their undying love for this band from Kingston.
Opening with The Lonely End of the Rink, the band played hard and fast, led by the visceral lead guitar riffs of Rob Baker and Downie's compelling lead vocals.
He's one of the most watchable frontmen in all of rock 'n' roll. Whether it's a quirky little two-step or his fidgeting with his handkerchief and wardrobe, Downie is all nervous energy on the stage.
On Saturday, he was done up in a straw boater and a vest, looking like he'd just walked out of an Impressionist painting by Renoir.
Rink was followed by one of the band's concert favourites, Grace, Too, with its rangy guitar riffs and Downie's scream therapy singing.
Chuck Berry ryhthms dominate the song In View, which was followed by a new one, Drip Drip.
This set up the powerful mid-section of the show, with certified Hipsters like Gift Shop, Poets, The Hundredth Meridian, and Fully Completely.
Ahead By a Century, one of the band's trademark hits, was marred by a wretched vocal mix which had Gord Sinclair's backup vocals cranked up way too high.
But the problem was fixed by Fiddler's Green, The Hip's variation of The Rolling Stones' Wild Horses.
The run-up to the encore got progressively stronger with Courage (For Hugh MacLennan), Bobcaygeon, the stretched-out suite consisting of New Orleans Is Sinking and Nautical Disaster, and Little Bones.
Three more faves made it to the encore: Blow at High Dough, Scared, and My Music At Work.
The Hip blew town after that, but not before they staged one of the best shows in the young history of Caesars' Colosseum. firstname.lastname@example.org
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