well my ears finally stopped ringin' so i think im good to go w/ a review now!
we got into charlottetown around 445pm i walked right in, was a little scared about gettin my camera in but the security just patted down that pocket and said something like "all your pockets are full eh?" & let me in, cool
the 'venue' was very empty when i arrived, scanned the area really quickly and grabbed my spot very near the front/left of the stage, i'm pretty sure i got on the local ctv's live feed for the countdown/first matt mays tune, seemed like his whole band were drinkin schooner!! nice, really liked their set although i wasnt very familiar with the material, sam roberts band could be seen offstage watchin em play, as soon as their set ended it rained down for 10 minutes or so but cleared up after the set change
SRB came out w/ matt & the boys lookin on backstage, i even saw my friend nathan wiley watchin from backthere (lucky bastard!!) they played a lot more of the new songs than they did back in march @ the wave i was really pleased, made eye contact w/ sam a few times which was really cool, once during 'paranoia' during the ''five thumbs on left hand" part i gave him a
was pretty cool that matt mays came out to play with em too, Sam looked a lil' pissed off when his guitar wasnt in tune for the beginning of 'mind flood' but after a quick change they rocked it hard!
next set change i saw Dave filmin the crowd a little bit meanwhile the crew took down that atlantic lottery banner, made me think of that gord S part in hekensenketel(Sp?) part "miller genuine draft proudly presents the tragically hip.......can we put this sign here? NO!" hehe
opening w/ blow @ high dough! wow didnt see that one comin, was very surreal, of my now 7 shows this was the closest i had been ever! lots of eye contact w/ paul which was pretty damn cool !! after 'oceans' the real pushing/shoving seemed to start, and as posted previously did that ever suck!! at one point i saw at least 9 ppl on the ground from the crowd surging left to right, i helped a few ppl get back up while others looked on with blank stares, i even saw gord D mouth off mic to a few ppl down in front "are you ok? are you sure?" his speechs regarding that issue were priceless, even the security guys were applauding him!
so many gems, including gems!!! lionized WOW!!! fire in the hole paul was really rockin out during this one, near the end of the main set i almost bailed as the crowd wasnt gettin any better & my balance wasnt keepin up but i stuck in there somehow, lonely end of the rink was killer and very intense i seemed to be the only person around who knew what it was or any of the lyrics hehe, few songs prior to that i saw tigerthelion back a few rows and met up with him afterwards tryin to get setlists, was lucky enough to get a guitar pic & when johnny thru out his sticks they floated (in slow motion in seemed) about 2 feet above my head
all in all great f'in performance, great to see em back on the island after almost 7 years!!! too bad about the crowd & sorry i didnt get to meet more of the hipbasers
also just uploaded a few more pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/48623262@N00/
some turned out really well, others not so great
i cant believe its all over, can't wait until next time