alright, wow. so what a night.
The hip came out, Gord tied his shoes and we were off. I am always "meh" about Blow as the opener but damn it was awesome. Had to be in the 7 to 8 minute range, with the "He's a microphone and a microphone stand, IM A MAN! at the end. Grace, too got the tragically hip line, which was nice. Streets ahead was only alright for me as a new song, it was good, but not as good as Drip Drip Drip with the rain coming down. This song is incredible. The crowd was going NUTS for it, considering nobody has ever hear it before. It has the potential to be the single for sure, great highlight. Love to see the band still connecting with new music, it put a smile on my face. I was front row, and the barricades were reinforced mid show with rope because a lot of stress was being put on them with the likes of Fully Completely, Hundredth Meridian and Poets. I will say this: In the beginning, Gord was missing his cues a little, due to his antics. Example, he'd be doing something just out of reach of the mic, and start singing and have to quickly get to the mic. Also, he was definitely yelling more than singing in the start. But he smartened up. He was doing the usual hanky work. I must say he is an absolute MASTER of the Mic stand wobble with the feet now. I saw it fall at least once a show in 06, 07 and earlier, but the mic stand is his toy now, he is perfect with it. Didnt drop once. Fiddlers Green was a crowd favourite, the "Balloons all filled with rain" got a big cheer. Such a sad, sad song. Odd to see people crowd surfing to it. One girl in the middle in front, had to be pulled out, the gave her water, but she was messed up, couldnt stand, either wasted, dehyrdration or exhaustion or all of the above, it was a messed up scene, they took her to first aid. Rink was AWESOME, i was so hoping it would be the opener, but opening the encore was good enough. It was an absolute lighter fest for wheat kings. Music @ Work was great. High energy show, from the boys. We had a blast. The outdoor GA, was a great experience, crowd was awesome. I couldnt help but think of heksenketel while fully was on.
Music @ Work Ending the Show: (Camera work settles down)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlyjhEOk92k