My two cents regarding the show, Canadian Hip fans and my buddy Hugh23...
The show - Great! I think it was a hell of a lot better than the SARS show. Gord still missed some pretty major lyrics, but the band seemed way tighter and genuinely delighted to be at Molson Park. I think it will make for a great bootleg. A little short though. Great set list, however what's with Puttin' Down, especially as an encore? Don't quite get that one. Beautiful evening, pretty much the same weather as '97.
We all know that we are not supposed to judge people, and we should never judge people's tastes. However, I do think that Canadians are more reserved, quieter, unfortunately less patriotic and more polite than Americans - generally speaking. But to judge that crowd that night is a waste of time. When you get a bunch of tired, drunken "kids" out for the last act of Edgefest- the Hip, it's a whole lot different than being at the Hummingbird or Toledo where it's them, 1500 devoted fans and one opening act. By the time the Hip came on, lots of kids were down or gone or beat. They also where not neccessarily Hip fans, they might only know Finger 11 or OLP. Hugh, you need to see us at the Hummingbird.
Speaking of Hugh - you are a good man, your gorgeous wife and your handsome friends are great people too. I really enjoyed meeting a FIRED UP Hip fan from the states, there are not enough of you!
PEOPLE! - this guy took notes!, he wrote down what Gord etc where doing during each and every song and he kept asking me "Bry what do you make of this one, what are your thoughts?" I'm thinking this guy's really a U.S. Hip fan? Frankly he and his friends are one of the few Yankees smart enough to figure out how incredible the Hip really are. Way to go Hugh et al!
Though Hugh was a little loud, who gives a shit, he was respectful and he was having a great time. Having a ball is what it's all about. I know I sure did!