concert trio

Last night I went to my third concert of 2007. That’s not bad, eh? Seeing as we’re hardly into February. I’m pretty sure I won’t be keeping up that pace for the rest of the year, but it’s been nice.

Last night was Barenaked Ladies, on their second night of their tour. The band is very entertaining, and their improv stuff is great to hear. At one point Ed Robertson was telling a story about a Triumph concert he went to, and he starting singing the first few lines of Triumph’s “Magic Power”. Did that ever bring back memories! And at the end (I guess he did this both nights, so it wasn’t ad-libbed), Steve Page belted out the last verse of “Memory” from CATS. What an amazing voice! But the highlight for me was Steve Page singing “Maybe You’re Right”, off of Barenaked Ladies are Me. It’s my favourite song from the album, and I think now my favourite BNL song of all time.

The only possibly negative comment I have comes from my husband’s influence. He once said to me that he likes bands who change up their songs when they perform them live. I initially disagreed with him, because I like to hear familiarity in a song, but after going to a few concerts with this in mind, I’ve changed my tune :). I’ve seen bands that change their live versions way too much for my liking (Dave Matthews) and I’ve seen bands that do it just enough to make it interesting (Great Big Sea). I noticed last night that BNL rarely alters their songs. For the most part, they sound exactly as they would on a recorded album (minus the cheering). But…not a big deal, as I do love their music as is!

All in all it was a fantastic concert, and I’ll definitely be seeing them again. As they said last night, hopefully it won’t be another 10 years before they return to Victoria.

As for the other two concerts…in early January I went to the The Tragically Hip with Greg. It was a good concert (much better than when I saw them at GM Place), but I’ve decided I won’t go see them again. I like their music, but not enough to pay to see them in concert. The plus to this concert was we had floor seats (not so for BNL) and it was easy to dance. The other plus was it was a night out with my husband.

And in mid-January I went to see The Rankin Family, who are on tour for the first time in eight years. This is also their first tour without John Morris Rankin, who died in a car accident in 2000. I’ve always liked the Rankin Family (yes, I’m willing to admit that), despite the fact that the sisters sometimes sound a bit like The Chipmunks. The concert was very enjoyable, especially the second half. They seemed to loosen up a bit and the last few numbers were outstanding. This concert was a Christmas gift from kaptaink, and it was great to have a night out with her.

Soooo…what next? Chantal Kreviazuk is playing the MaPherson February 8th, and I’d love to see her, but I don’t think my bank account agrees with me. So I’ll have to wait for something later in the season.

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