Monday, February 28th 2000
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Sloan @ the Vogue Theatre
I thought it was a really good show, though I wasn't particularly impressed with Danko Jones. I found him just too much, like, I really don't care how sexy YOU think YOU are,....but whatever. He did his best to interact with the crowd, and get everyone pumped up for sloan. I found his music really all similar, loud, and simple, but perhaps if I hear it a bit more it may grow on me.
Sloan I thought, was in fine form. Some of the levels on the mics were a little low, the only people I could really hear were Chris and Patrick, but I guess it also depends on where you are standing.
The set list was great, I liked hearing all the new stuff again, since when I saw them last in October the material was still *fairly* new to me. The 2 Japanese bonus tracks were great, but the crowd wasn't really into them. I actually found that a lot of the people around me didn't know much of the BTB material at all, I felt kind of weird being the only one singing it. Perhaps they were old fans who haven't delved into the new stuff yet. I don't know,......
Chris put up with a lot of hassling during "Summer's my season"- like people yelling other songs that they wanted him to sing, and piping up a lot during the song, since it is so quiet with just the keyboard. I found this particularly rude, but perhaps I was just too into what he was singing :)
There were a couple of crowd incidents, but overall everyone was EXTREMELY well behaved. I was not pushed around at all, which was SO nice, since I am a small person with no crowd skills..... at one point, some guy hopped up on stage, and walked towards the back stage area,...but he was promptly thrown off the front of the stage,...who knows why he did that- the guys all looked at each other, but the show went on, they just had these really surprised looks on their faces. Later, another guy, who was shirtless, decided to run up on stage and put a note on the drum kit for someone to read, and he also was hurled (literally) off the stage by security, straight onto the floor beside me, and right into a poor girl standing beside me- I felt bad for her, but she wasn't really hurt.
There was a lot of bantering between Chris and Patrick during MCM, (heyo!!!) but it was all in good fun. Our side was dubbed by Chris as the side that came to see Jay, with our backpacks full of presents and teddy bears.....or something to that effect, and for this reason we were all wimps and would not be the louder side. And of course Patrick had the side with the guy with no shirt, so that gave him the advantage......It was all in good fun!!
Overall, I thought that it looked like the guys were really enjoying themselves, and I had fun watching them enjoy themselves. The set -up being general admission at the Vogue really alarmed me, but it all seemed to work out well,...so I was proven wrong!!
well that's all my little head can remember at the moment, but I may have some after thoughts :)
Danko Jones was a goofball.. I am glad I never hear of him anymore. Anyways, The Vogue was a decent venue, but not enough room to stand in front of the stage (and the closer I can get, the better). Who wants to sit down for all those rockin' tunes? AAaahhh ... Anyways, The Starfish Room was much better; too small, and it's gone now. So sad. I hope you come back to the Croatian Cultural centre one day, because that was the best Sloan show I've ever seen!!! (for Navy Blues)
I'd like to say that this was one of my favorite Sloan shows. I had seen them only a few months earlier down in San Fran, which I will say was....different.
Just for the record, I was the shirtless guy who ran onto stage, and it wasn't a note, but my business card. I don't remember actually hitting anyone when I came off the stage, but alcohol can blind you sometimes. Sorry to whoever that was.
As to why I did it? No reason in particular. It gives me a story to tell and an event that others will remember as well. That combined with alcohol and friends can be a little much. I decided after that night that I was going to limit my drinking at concerts, since my antics had continued to be more over the top. I didn't want to be "that naked guy"
It was all in good fun, which at a Sloan concert is a hard thing not to have. They are truely one of the best bands ever to come out of Canada, and indeed, the world.
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